1 July – 27 August 2016
Coats that turn into tents; sportswear that changes colour and texture in response to body temperature; interactive clothes that reveal the wearer’s mood – these are all examples of an increasing interest in making fashion work harder.
Curatorial and design studio White Line Projects brings Mode in Flux to Roca London Gallery this summer to showcase some of the leading ideas around adaptability being championed by emerging and established designers today. Fusing fashion with engineering, science, technology and art these experimental and conceptual works question issues of desirability, functionality and sustainability in clothing.
White Line Projects said: “We want this exhibition to push for answers around making garments that are relevant for our time. Many people have experimented with smartwear, but who is actually achieving results with clothing that goes beyond simply covering the body; are fashion designers making a real impact on well-being and clothing sustainability?”
From couture to mass-market clothing, film and photography, Mode in Flux will show a range of pieces that challenge traditional forms. The exhibition will celebrate the ground-breaking work of fabric and garment engineer Massimo Osti, founder of fashion brands Stone Island and C.P. Company; display films of Ying Gao’s interactive garments, such as the celebrated (no)where (now)here dress that moves and lights up when someone looks at it; include pieces by former Margiela menswear designer Mason Jung, who marries high fashion with high function; and it will explore the responsive designs of Eunjeong Jeon, whose research has focused on clothing that can protect the wearer in hazardous situations.
Featuring work from Maria Blaisse, Hussein Chalayan, Ying Gao, Grado Zero Espace, Eunjeong Jeon, Mason Jung, Michiko Koshino, Massimo Osti, Maharishi, Lucy McRae, Issey Miyake, NikeLab x Sacai, Outlast, Chen Peng,
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