Creature invasion! Spilling down off the catwalk...From Alexander McQueen to Andrea Crews, Craig Green to Walter Van Beirendonck, Arrrgh! presents a selection from fifty-eight contemporary creators who, inspired by design, animation and sketches, use monster form and expression in their costume and clothing designs. Following the blueprint established by Pictoplasma, an exhibition held at La Gaîté in December 2011, the contemporary characters who first came to life in the field of character design have discovered transferable skills, opening doors in the world of fashion!
Do you dare to mix with these monsters? The strange, the unnerving, the seductive or pop? Rub shoulders with around eighty creatures, who'll be spilling down off the catwalk with one desire: to get to know you better. ARRRGH! questions our conceptions of beauty and identity. Freed from all constraints, the creators are pushing the boat out to present their most avant-gardist work, disolving the barriers between costume and clothing design.
Complete list of artists and designers on show: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN (UK), ALEX MATTSSON (SE), ALEXIS THEMISTOCLEOUS (CY), ANDREA AYALA CLOSA (ES), ANDREA CAMMAROSANO (IT), ANDREA CREWS (FR), BART HESS (NL), BAS KOSTERS (NL), BERNHARD WILLHELM (DE), BORIS HOPPEK (DE), BRONWEN MARSHALL (UK), CASSETTE PLAYA & GARY CARD (UK), CHARLIE LE MINDU (FR), CHI HE (CN), CLAIRE MICHEL (FR), CRAIG GREEN (UK), DAVID CURTIS-RING (UK), DIGITARIA (GR), DR NOKI'S NHS (UK), ERIKA MIZUNO (JP), FREEKA TET (FR), FILEP MOTWARY & MARIA MASTORI (CY & GR), GEORGE TOURLAS (GR), HELEN PRICE (UK), HENRIK VIBSKOV (DK), HEYNIEK (NL), HIDEKI SEO (JP), ISABEL MASTACHE MARTINEZ (ES), ISSEY MIYAKE & DAI FUJIWARA (JP), JEAN-PAUL LESPAGNARD (BE), JOSEFIN ARNELL (SE), KIM TRAEGER (DK), LEUTTON POSTLE (UK), LUIS LOPEZ SMITH (UK), MADS DINESEN (DK), MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA (FR), MANON KÜNDIG (CH), MARCUS TOMLINSON - GARETH PUGH (UK), MAREUNROL’S (LV), ON AURA TOUT VU (FR), PERNILLA WINBERG (SE), PAUL GRAVES (US), PICTOPLASMA (DE), PIERRE-ANTOINE VETTORELLO (FR), PIERS ATKINSON (UK), REJINA PYO (KR), RICK OWENS (US), ROZALB DE MURA (RO), SHIN MURAYAMA (JP), SOTIRIS BAKAGIANNIS - THEPERSONWHODIDTHIS (GR), TAKASHI NISHIYAMA (JP), THE BRAINSTORM DESIGN (GR), TRACY WIDDESS (CA), TOMA STENKO (RU), URBAN CAMOUFLAGE (DE), WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK (BE)
NECK PLUS ULTRA partenaire de l’exposition « ARRRGH ! Monstres de mode » à la Gaîté lyrique du 13 février au 7 avril 2013.
À l’occasion de l’exposition NECK PLUS ULTRA, carte blanche à Henrik Vibskov à la Galerie des Galeries du 27 février au 4 mai 2013 et de l’exposition «ARRRGH ! Monstres de mode» à la Gaîté lyrique du 13 février au 7 avril 2013, les deux institutions deviennent partenaires autour de la double actualité parisienne de l’artiste.
Plus d'information sur le site de la Galerie des Galeries.
An exhibition from La Gaîté Lyrique
ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion is based on an original idea from Vassilis Zidianakis, in association with Angelos Tsourapas. Scenography by Stamos Fafalios.
and Greek collective ATOPOS
ATOPOS Contemporary Visual Culture (ATOPOS CVC) is a non-profit founded in Athens in 2003 by Stamos Fafalios and Vassilis Zidianakis. Its aim is to promote innovative contemporary visual culture projects, with a particular focus on the human form and costumes. The name ATOPOS is inspired from the Ancient Greek, "άτοπος", denoting the strange, unwonted, eccentric and unclassifiable. Find out more about ATOPOS http://www.atopos.gr/
ATOPOS, a name inspired by the ancient Greek word “ άτοπος ” denoting the strange, the unwonted, the eccentric and the unclassifiable, is a meeting point for different visual disciplines.
It operates by researching projects of international interest, collaborating with designers and artists, making new ideas concrete in the form of exhibitions, publications, performances and events. In parallel, and through the various collaborations, the collective has assembled a unique collection of rare and original creations by contemporary designers, including historical garments and art objects. This collection, fruit of the organisation’s research, is growing continuously. ATOPOS CVC collaborates with cultural organisations, cultural and public benefit foundations, museums, galleries and independent artists.
The collective made its “debut” at the exhibition Ptychoseis = Folds + Pleats. Drapery from Ancient Greek Dress to 21st Century Fashion (Benaki Museum, Athens, 2004), part of the Cultural Olympiad, Athens Olympic Games 2004. This was followed in 2007 by the exhibition Rrrrip ! Paper Fashion (Benaki Museum, Athens, 2007), in which ATOPOS CVC presented its collection of paper garments. Following the success of Rrrip !! Paper Fashion in Athens, the collective was invited to take the exhibition to the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM, Luxemburg, 2008), the ModeMuseum (MoMu, Antwerp, 2009), the Museum Bellerive/Design Museum (Zurich, 2010) and Galerie Stihl Waiblingen (Germany, 2013). Since 2010, Barbican International Enterprises has undertaken the promotion and touring of the exhibition Rrrip !! Paper Fashion.
Arrrgh ! Monsters in Fashion ATOPOS’ next exhibition was presented at the Benaki Museum, Athens (2011). At the same time, the collective presented the NOT A TOY – Fashioning Radical Characters publication (Pictoplasma Publishing, Berlin), the first in-depth worldwide research on Radical Character Design in fashion and costume. In 2011, ATOPOS CVC introduced its new theme of research on the human body and sexual practices in the digital era with the exhibition Peepee by Lakis & Aris Ionas / The Callas, showcased in ATOPOS’ venue and a contribution to the ReMap 3 international platform for contemporary art. The exhibition Full of love by Boris Hoppek (Spring 2012) is part of ATOPOS’ new theme of research.
ATOPOS CVC inaugurated its venue (Athens, 2010) with the exhibition ZZZzzzZZZZ IN ATOPOS, with artworks by ShoboShobo. Part of this exhibition was presented at La Gaîté Lyrique, (Paris, December 2011), at Kunstencentrum Belgie, (Hasselt, 2012) as part of the Manifesta 9 Biennial Parallel Event Program and at Museum aan de Stroom, (MAS, Antwerp, November 2012-February 2013).
ATOPOS' artistic director, Vassilis Zidianakis, has been invited to be part of the jury of the 21ST Festival Internationale de mode et de photographie, Hyères (2006), and at the Fashion Department Antwerp Show 2006, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp. ATOPOS CVC was also invited by the Inamori Foundation to act as a nominator for the Kyoto Prize Award in Arts and Philosophy (2006 and 2010), and by the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco for the International Prize for Contemporary Art (2009 and 2010). ATOPOS CVC has collaborated, amongst others, with the 21_21 Design Sight of the Issey Miyake Foundation, (Tokyo, 2008), the Hydra School Projects (2008 and 2009) and the Musée d’Orsay, (Paris, 2009).
In 2010, ATOPOS CVC collaborated with Charlie Le Mindu and presented Atopic Bodies [ONE] : Mr & Mrs Myth in ART-ATHIN A, and in 2011, the Atopic Bodies [THREE ] : The Leiotrichous Tribe, at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris. Following the invitation from Robert Wilson, Artistic Director of The Watermill Centre, to participate in the 18TH Watermill Summer Benefit, New York, ATOPOS CVC presented the performance Atopic Bodies [EIG HT] : The Voluptuous Panic Attackers in collaboration with Charlie Le Mindu (2011).
In 2012, ATOPOS CVC participated in the 19TH Watermill Summer Benefit and, in collaboration with Craig Green, at the International Summer Program of The Watermill Center.