As one of the world’s most prominent art fairs comes to London, Frieze Academy offers Art and Fashion: Curating Fashion. It’s the first discussion in a series of their fashion-related events and will explore the theoretical and practical challenges of a designer’s life. The talk aims to understand how a designer’s work is curated within the context of an art institution.

Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor of the Financial Times, formerly Features Director of British Vogue will host a discussion about the different approaches to curating takes of the fashion industry. The discussion will reference recent hit exhibitions such as Balenciaga, Rei Kawakubo, House Style and The Vulgar as well as historical exhibitions such as 1983’s Yves Saint Laurent exhibition.

Offering a designer’s perspective in the discussion, for over thirty years Katharine Hamnett has curated collections to reflect her political and environmental concerns.

Exhibition curator Judith Clark will discuss the challenges of depicting fashion and a designer’s legacy in museums. Clark is currently the Professor of Fashion and Museology at London College of Fashion, UAL, where she teaches on the MA Fashion Curation course. Since setting up her gallery in 1997, Clark has curated 40 exhibitions of dress.


Art and Fashion: Curating Fashion will take place at the Ace Hotel London, Shoreditch, 11 October, 7-9pm, tickets available here.

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