Fashion Is Not Art

Chris Dercon

Chris Dercon: ‘Fashion is not art, but it’s related to art in many different ways.’

So far 2013 has interwoven Melbourne’s love of fashion, design and costumes, with audiences treated to iconic on-screen wardrobes in our Hollywood Costume exhibition, and the provocative, dream-like creations featured in RMIT University Design Hub’s Walter Van Beirendonck: Dream the World Awake.

To celebrate the two exhibitions, ACMI joined forces with RMIT to present a fascinating in conversation event with international art world luminary and director of London’s Tate Modern Chris Dercon and director/curator of Antwerp’s Mode Museum Kaat Debo.

Joined by Virginia Trioli, Dercon and Debo explored the ever changing dialogue between art, fashion and design, as well as the role of the curator in costume and fashion exhibits. From the ways a curator can animate clothes to multisensory and multimedia exhibition experiences, no thread was left unpicked as the pair illuminated the ingenious approaches taken to effectively exhibit sartorial art.

If you couldn’t be among the audience, which included Van Beriendonck himself, check out the video below and get beneath the surface of high couture, curatorship and costume.

The event was proudly supported by Naomi Milgrom, AO.

For more video of our past Live in the Studio events don’t forget to drop by the Australian Mediatheque.

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