"From the 2nd of April until the 11th of September 2016, Fashion Museum Hasselt will present the exhibition “Haute-à-Porter”, curated by the internationally acclaimed costume designer, journalist and photographer Filep Motwary. Haute couture is synonymous with craftsmanship, luxury, extravagance and spectacle. But aren’t these typical features of contemporary prêt-à-porter? The exhibition examines this question further and researches the changing relationship and cross-fertilization between haute couture and ready to wear. Through a variety of themes and a selection of spectacular silhouettes and accessories from high end designers and fashion houses, the exhibition highlights the significance of haute couture for contemporary fashion. Completed with photography, film, art and music, Haute-à-Porter offers a unique insight into the fashion industry of the last 30 years. "
The line up of legendary names for the Exhibition includes: Dior, Chanel, Erdem, Kenzo, Burberry, Lanvin, Rochas, Nina Ricci, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Givenchy, John Galliano, Gareth Pugh, Roger Vivier, Prada, Miu Miu, Dries Van Noten, Christian Lacroix, Delpozo, Mary Katrantzou, Jil Sander, Balmain, Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor & Rolf, Alberta Ferretti, Thierry Mugler, Anna Molinari, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garçons, Giambattista Valli, Balmain, Rick Owens, Blumarine, Undercover, Giles, Christian Louboutin, Thom Browne, Marios Schwab, Sacai, Alexander McQueen, Herve L.Leroux, Anrealage, Schiaparelli, A.F. Vandevorst, Olivier Theyskens, Gucci, Iris Van Herpen, Stephen Jones, Alexis Mabille, Jay Briggs, Giuseppe Zanotti, Iris Schieferstein, Erik Halley, Norita Katatehana, Maison Martin Margiela, Roger Vivier and yours truly. Incredibly proud moment for me.
In addition to the exhibition Modemuseum Hasselt will release a book by Filep Motwary. -"The book’s beautifully appointed pages highlight some of the most iconic images reflecting the exhibition’s theme. The work of more than 30 internationally celebrated photographers and artists such as Peter Lindbergh, Vassilis Karidis, Miles Aldridge and Thanassis Krikis are also featured in the museum exhibit. Motwary also worked closely with renowned scenographer Lien Wauters, as well as the museum’s team, to set up the displays for the artwork, photos and garments, which include exceptional samples of historically significant handwork items from the museum’s private collection. What is essentially so unique about this exhibit and its accompanying book however, is that together they highlight the complexities of both Haute Couture as well as prêt-à-porter, without displaying one as being more intricate than the other. “By mixing Haute Couture pieces with prêt-à-porter in the same space, I don’t want to suggest comparison but to express the harmony between them,” Motwary said when asked what he’s aiming for. “I want this exhibition to be a visual evaluation where visitors will appreciate the work from both calibers and decide the verdict themselves: is there a final line between the two?” - Huffington Post Arts & Culture. As soon as the images from the Exhibition are released to us, I, of course, will share them with you. I also received two fabulous invitations courtesy of Modemuseum Hasselt for the opening night, but not sure if I will be able to make it due to previously made business arrangements.