Game Changers, the running exhibition at the MoMu, explores the groundbreaking silhouettes that have shaped fashion over the past centry.
Even though the exhibition features work from Madeleine Vionnet, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Iris van Herpen and many more, this exhibition is actually a celebration of Cristóbal Balenciaga.
During a tour through the exhibition Karen van Godtsenhoven and Miren Arzalluz, the curators, explained that they wanted to show the life and works of Balenciaga without making it another retrospective. During their research they discovered how influential the Spanish designer actually was. What they’ve created is a study of not just Balenciaga, but also the designers he (indirectly) influenced. Think of names such as Coco Chanel and Martin Margiela.
One of the most captivating elements of this exhibition comes in the form of a life-size hologram, ‘Human Sanctuary’, which was created in collaboration with fashion photographer Daniel Sannwald. The way they managed to show the direct connection between different garments and the human body is quite beautiful. The performance piece manages to explain the elaborate shapes made by the likes of Rei Kawakubo. Kawakubo trying to deform the body is one of the biggest misconceptions in fashion. “In reality, she merely translated silhouettes she saw in the streets, like a woman holding her child for example”, explained van Godtsenhoven.
The exhibition ends on a high note, with a powerful ode to Cristóbal Balenciaga, by the hands of the late Alexander McQueen. Why, what and how you can discover for yourself in Antwerp. Game Changers: Reinventing the 20th Century Silhouette is on display at the MoMu until August 18th, 2016.
By Richenny 'Ryfa' Felicia