Relive the #Collection1 2020 runway show held at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Friday, May 31, 2019. Open to the public, the runway show marked the first that Rock Center has ever held
It was a pleasant New York Saturday, the perfect New York day that postcards are made of. The energy in the air was one that the main characters of “Sex And The City” would have approved of. As the character Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) stated, “Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future…this is known as Fashion Week.” The Son Jung Wan’s Spring Summer 2020 collection highlighted the glamour of vintage wear in a modern twist with the splendor of color. The color palette evoked the feeling of renewal, a feeling that is often associated with Spring after surviving the harshness of winter.
Born and raised in South Korea, Son Jung Wan, majored in Industrial Craft at Sookmyung Women’s University. After graduating, she attended design school at International Mode in Seoul. In 1993 Son Jung Wan earned the “Golden Needle Award” from the Korea Fashion Editor Association and in 2005, was named “Designer of the Year” by Seoul Metropolitan.
Known for her playful twist with mixes of colors, fabrics, and silhouettes, Son Jung Wan’s SS2020 collection featured embroidered dresses full of different layers of iridescent fabrics, a rose gold gown entwined with floral print, an array of electric blue gowns, and a neon mint dress, all screaming the splendor of new beginnings while taking the men and women in the room on a vibrant retro journey.
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Fashion Designer Anna Sui is one of New York City’s most beloved and accomplished fashion designers, known for creating contemporary original clothing inspired by in-depth research into vintage styles, cultural arcana, art history, graphic design, European and Asian decorative arts, film, and more. Sui is a first-generation Chinese born in Detroit, Michigan, and by the time she was four years old, Sui knew she wanted to be a fashion designer.
Opening during New York Fashion Week, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will present a major retrospective of the iconic American fashion designer Anna Sui, The World of Anna Sui. The exhibition will run from September 12, 2019, through February 23, 2020, and will feature 75 looks from the designer’s archive. Fashion enthusiasts will have an opportunity to see iconic looks from Sui’s groundbreaking inaugural fashion show of 1991 to her Spring 2019 collection. From the “Backless Chaps” worn by Naomi Campbell in the Fall 1992 runway show to the “Silver Peruvian Ensemble” from Spring 1994 to one of the iconic “Babydoll Dresses” worn by Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington. All looks featured will be shown in context with the original backdrops from Oliphant Studio used in Sui’s fashion shows.
“Born and bred in Detroit, Anna Sui is a fascinating American design success story,” said Chris Scoates, MAD’s Nanette L. Laitman Director. “Season after season, Sui translates popular culture and artisanal making into collections that pulse with excitement, reflect and expand on the creative spirit of the times, and move the needle for what fashion can and should be for a diverse, global market. We are extremely excited to welcome our visitors for an unforgettable immersive experience of Anna’s design universe.”
The World of Anna Sui follows other important MAD fashion design exhibitions of recent years, including fashion after Fashion (2017), Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture (2017), and Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin (2015). Notably, Sui’s visit to the Museum to view Counter-Couture, which celebrated the handmade fashion and style of the 1960s and 1970s, provided inspiration for Anna Sui’s Spring 2018 collection.
To celebrate The World of Anna Sui, the fashion designer herself along with the exhibition’s curator Dennis Nothdruft will share behind-the-scenes stories of The World of Anna Sui in a panel discussion moderated by MAD Assistant Curator Barbara Paris Gifford on Saturday, September 14, 2019 – 4:00 pm. For more information, visit madmuseum.org.
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Commissioned by the museum especially for this exhibition, Marit Ilison’s monumental piece “77 chintzes” will be on display till 4th of August at KUMU Art Museum. The piece consisting of 77 printed cotton dresses is resembling a modern take on the Soviet woman’s uniform and representing a selection of 89 patterns from the museum archive from 1967 to 1992.
Initiated by Marit Ilison’s personal memory of a hot and sweaty summer day at the end of the 1980s – the artist sitting on her grandmother’s lap, who is wearing a floral chintz dress, making hay on a horse rake – Ilison is deeply fascinated by how a floral chintz dress was a real soviet workwear that was worn everywhere, even at dirty works, being a very feminine phenomenon and opposing heavily to Western-European (mostly) monochrome or white uniforms.
Following her previous piece “70 cotton smocks” (2008-2011), Ilison is continuing her path on nostalgia and personal memories, collaborating this time with the not yet discovered archives of now-defunct Krenholm Textile manufacture in Estonia.
Ilison had worked with the archives before when leading an experimental form course at Estonian Academy of Arts, but it is the first time that Krenholm collection has been worked with and publicly presented in such vast volume. All of the used 89 prints were digitalized one by one and reprinted on contemporary cotton canvas. Only one dress and a tote bag were made out of each fabric and these will not be reproduced. One-of-a-kind hand-numbered tote bags are available at www.maritilison.com.
For more information about the exhibition and participating artist: https://kumu.ekm.ee/en/syndmus/sots-art-and-fashion-conceptual-clothes-from-eastern-europe/