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H+F Fashion on the Edge: Mode als Vertrekpunt

Start Date 16 October 2010
End Date 30 January 2011
Venue Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Location Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Exhibition display of dressed mannequin framed in an alcove
Exhibition display abstracted striped garment
Exhibition display abstracted striped garment

In  an annual presentation, the museum shows new acquisitions from the H + F Fashion on the Edge collection. This year, new, cutting-edge designs by Hussein Chalayan, Klavers van Engelen, Alet Pilon and Pyuupiru were on display. The collection is managed by the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

In a small fashion exhibition, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is showing a selection of works from the H + F Fashion on the Edge collection. This initiative collects objects and participates in projects that explore the boundaries of fashion. H + F Fashion on the Edge is an initiative of Han Nefkens. In 2010, a five-year agreement was signed with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen to continue to monitor developments at the interface of fashion and art in the coming years, with special attention to non-Western designers. For example, purchases are made and various events take place: the biennial presentation of the H + F Fashion Award and an annual presentation. All purchases are placed in the museum as long-term loans.

This year it was the turn of fashion designers Hussein Chalayan, Klavers van Engelen, Alet Pilon and Pyuupiru. Pilon’s work is, as it were, a still life with creatures living in the twilight zone between life and death. The Japanese transgender artist Pyuupiru (1983) takes his / her own body as a starting point, the hand-knitted object Mercury is an expression of this. A dress and a large laser hat from designer Chalayan were shown. The Klavers / van Engelen duo shows a dress with a glass-blown accessory in a decor of glass and mirrors.

All designers regularly use disciplines such as film, photography, installations and performances to optimally express the ideas in their work. The similarity between these four objects and installations is that they originated from the perspective of fashion. The works are independent sculptures of which clothing is a part. This year, the IFFR is devoting a film program to the relationship between fashion and film. and shows films by Pyuupiru and Hussein Chalayan. The work of Hussein Chalayan will not be on view in the museum until November 13.