Art November, 18 2010

Drawing Fashion at The Design Museum

Dezeen shares some fantastic images from the current exhibition Drawing Fashion at The Design Museum. Just as the subject – 30 years of fashion house drawings – hits the mark for us, Carmody Groarke’s exhibition design thrills as well. The backlighting and staging of the works both are absolutely terrrific.

About the exhibition –

Drawing Fashion celebrates a unique collection of some of the most remarkable fashion illustrations from the twentieth and twenty first centuries. These original works define the fine art of illustrating fashion, from the collections of Chanel, Dior, Comme des Garçons and Poiret as well as Viktor & Rolf, Lacroix and McQueen.

This exhibition showcases fashion illustrators at their creative heights: Lepape at the beginning of the century, Gruau in the 40’s and 50’s, Antonio throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s, to current artists Mats Gustafson, Aurore de la Morinerie and Francois Berthoud. Film-clips, news reels, music and photography will sit alongside the original illustrations to reflect not only the spirit and the style of the decades but also the wider social and cultural changes of the century.

It is the first time this collection, which was put together over the past 30 years by Joelle Chariau of Galerie Bartsch & Chariau, has been displayed.

Drawing Fashion runs through March 6, 2010 in London.