May 15 - Jul 31 2011

Monsters in Fashion

Benaki Museum

138 Pireos str.
118 54 Athens

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ATOPOS cvc presents ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion at the Benaki Museum, Athens – the first exhibition about Character design in fashion, curated by Vassilis Zidianakis and designed by Stamos Fafalios. The exhibition is participating in the Athens Festival 2011.
Characters are abstract and reduced figures with a strong anthropomorphic appeal and bold graphical silhouette. Over the last decade, they have humorously sampled and remixed their way through visual codes and media, confronting the viewer head-on, regardless of cultural background. This aesthetic approach has a strong influence on contemporary fashion and costume design. International artists create playful dresses, avant-garde costumes and hairstyles, re-inventing the human body and sending their monstrous, enigmatic, radical and grotesque new characters onto the catwalk and beyond. They redefine the relation between body and costume by mixing visual communication codes and questioning the established aesthetic norms.

Participating Designers & Artists:
Agatha Ruiz De La Prada (ES), Alex Mattsson (SE), Alexis Themistocleous (CY), Alithia Spuri-Zampetti (IT), Andrea Ayala Closa (ES), Andrea Cammarosano (IT), Ara Jo (KR), Bart Hess (NL), Bas Kosters (NL), Bernhard Willhelm (DE), Boris Hoppek (DE), Bronwen Marshall (UK), Cassette Playa/Gary Card (UK), Charlie Le Mindu(FR), Christophe Coppens (BE), Craig Green (UK), Digitaria (GR), Dr NOKI’s NHS (UK), Elise Gettliffe (FR), Freeka Tet (FR), Frida Ringström (SE), George Tourlas (GR), Helen Price (UK), Henrik Vibskov (DK), HEYNIEK (NL), Hideki Seo (JP), Isabel Mastache Martinez (ES), Issey Miyake/Dai Fujiwara (JP), Jean-Paul Lespagnard (BE), Josefin Arnell (SE), Luis Lopez-Smith (UK), Maison Martin Margiela (FR), Marcus Tomlinson (UK), Mareunrol’s (LV), Né-net/Kazuaki Takashima (JP), Paul Graves (US), Pictoplasma (DE), Pierre-Antoine Vettorello (FR), Piers Atkinson (UK), Pyuupiru (JP), Rejina Pyo (KR), Rozalb de Mura(RO), Shin Murayama (JP), Shoboshobo (FR), Urban Camouflage (NL), Walter Van Beirendonck (BE), Yoshikazu Yamagata (JP)

With additional loans:
MoMu – ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen (BE), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (NL), The Benaki Museum (GR), The Miyake Issey Foundation (JP),  The Museum of the History of the Greek Costume (Lyceum Club of Greek Women, Athens),  “V. Papantoniou” Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation (GR)

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