Sep 26 2020

THE JOURNAL OF THE COSTUME SOCIETY

Issue 2, Volume 54, September 2020
Print ISSN: 0590-8876
Online ISSN: 1749-6306
Published on behalf of the Costume Society of Great Britain 

The latest issue of Costume featuring an article by Myrsini Pichou on ATOPOS’ collection entitled “The ATOPOS cvc RIPPING PROJECT: A ‘New’ Life for Dress Objects?”. The article examines the RIPPING ATOPOS project initiated by ATOPOS cvc. In the project artists and fashion designers are commissioned in order to create their own works of art or garments, either inspired by specific pieces or by using duplicates of the 1960s paper dresses from the ATOPOS cvc collection. The article describes the results of the collaborations with the different artists and fashion designers so far and discusses the ways it has enabled ATOPOS cvc to investigate new ways of handling, managing and displaying its collection. The cover of Costume includes Howard Hodgkin’s “Gouache on Yellow Pages Paper Dress, a paper dress from the ATOPOS cvc collection revisited by the artist in 2010.

Costume is the journal of the Costume Society and has been published since 1967. It is a scholarly, refereed publication presenting current research into historic and contemporary dress. The journal is edited by Christine Stevens, Curator, UK and Alexandra Kim, Curator with the City of Toronto, Canada.

This issue is in honour of the noted fashion historian, curator and chair of the Costume Society Deirdre Murphy (1975-2018) and is themed around the relationship between art and dress, and specifically the way in which artists have interacted with dress. Originally from Canada, she was inspirational in her curatorial work especially at the Kensington Palace, where she worked for 15 years.

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