MIRROR MIRROR - Fashion & the Psyche

MoMu joins forces with with Ghent Museum Dr. Guislain for new joint exhibition MIRROR MIRROR

MIRROR MIRROR - Fashion & the Psyche is a joint exhibition by MoMu Fashion Museum Antwerp and Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent. It investigates the interconnections between fashion, psychology, self-image and identity.

How do contemporary fashion designers and artists challenge beauty ideals? Can clothing protect us mentally and give us strength? The exhibition at MoMu puts our personal experience of our bodies centre stage. An unexpected and surprising dialogue between art installations and avant-garde fashion highlights such themes as body dysmorphia, the layered meanings and history of human replicas, such as dolls and mannequins, and the symbiosis between art, fashion and technology in the form of cyborgs and avatars.

Apparel and style do not emerge solely from the heads of well-known fashion designers, but can be created in isolation, in the privacy of someone's living room or even a psychiatric hospital. Garments can send a message or be the fulfilment of deep yearnings, and go on to engage in dialogue with the world of fashion. Museum Dr. Guislain brings together exceptional artists, each of whom uses textiles to give themselves a place in the world. Their creations might be hidden to the world, or revealed to just a few, but can also be worn with pride on the catwalk of the street.

Kaat Debo, director MoMu: "MoMu takes a second start with an ambitious double exhibition in collaboration with our colleagues from the Dr. Guislain Museum in Ghent. This exhibition will advance our research into the impact that fashion has on our society. This time, the body is central, along with how it is portrayed by fashion designers and artists, in the analogue as well as the digital world around us, with its ever greater presence. We display this in immersive scenography, which will hopefully be able to inspire our visitors."

MoMu presents the work of artists such as Ed Atkins, Genesis Belanger, Hans Bellmer, Genieve Figgis, Mike Kelley, Sarah Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Melik Ohanian, Tschabalala Self, Cindy Sherman and Yasuyuki Ueno, in dialogue with creations by designers such as Balenciaga, Hussein Chalayan, Comme des Garçons, Molly Goddard, Kenneth Ize, Loewe, Issey Miyake, Noir Kei Ninomiya, Prada, Simone Rocha and Walter Van Beirendonck.

Museum Dr. Guislain shows work by Marcel Bascoulard, Jane Fradgley, Christopher Kane, Yumiko Kawai, Bas Kosters & Ayse Somuncu, Ezekiel Messou, Giovanni Batista Podestà, Kenneth Rasmussen, Melina Riccio, Joseph Schneller, Henry Speller, Pascal Tassini, A.F.Vandevorst, Giuseppe Versino, ROB Walbers, Nana Yamazaki and more....

On the occasion of the exhibition the book ‘MIRROR MIRROR - Fashion & the Psyche’ will be published by Hannibal Books, available from September 2022. € 45, edition in English and Dutch, 240 pages, hardcover with linen, ISBN 978 94 6436 629 7

MIRROR MIRROR - Fashion & the Psyche
from 08/10/2022 until 26/02/2023
at MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp & Museum Dr. Guislain
More info momu.be

MIRROR MIRROR - Exhibition Notes

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David Flamee

Press & PR, MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp

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