Fashion Drive

Extreme Clothing in the Visual Arts

Fashion Drive is a journey through circa 500 years of fashion history as reflected in art: How have artists reacted to extreme phenomena such as slashed clothing, codpieces, the crinoline, or the dinner jacket?

Fashion is an economic factor as well as a seismograph of social sensitivities, an expression of longing, and an instrument for mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion.

Fashion Drive focuses on the period from the end of the 18th century to the start of the 20th with digressions into the Renaissance and the present day. It considers the manifestations of fashion at the tipping points where it is extreme, vibrating, loud, disguised or prohibited.

In a modern age of globalization and homogenization through ‘fast fashion’, this show attempts an overview of the critical and sensory observation of clothing in art, the problematic and subversive turns in fashion history, through the techniques of painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and video art.

With 50 artists, including: Joseph Beuys, Leigh Bowery, Salvador Dalí, Honoré Daumier, Albrecht Dürer, Sylvie Fleury, Emilie Flöge & Gustav Klimt, Malcolm McLaren & Vivienne Westwood, Mai-Thu Perret, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Andy Warhol.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Fashion Drive: Extreme Clothing in the Visual Arts at Kunsthaus Zurich (20 April – 15 July 2018).

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