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Man Ray and Fashion

Start Date 22 April 2023
End Date 13 August 2023
Venue MoMu
Location Antwerp, Belgium
Curator Romy Cockx, Claude Miglietti, Catherine Örmen, Alain Sayag
Designer Ania Martchenko
Graphic design Jelle Jespers
Gallery view showing two plinths featuring four mannequins wearing monochrome dresses on the left' on the right two tailors' dummies featuring Surrealist-inspired dresses. In the background is another gallery featuring a group of tailors' dummies.

The exhibition includes photographs he took for prominent couturiers, such as Paul Poiret, Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel, as well as for important fashion magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Vogue. Man Ray was an innovator who employed technical ingenuity and humour to ultimately change the way dress would be depicted. His experimental procedures and surrealist winks of the eye brought art and fashion closer together and still influence fashion photography today. Contemporary fashion designers continue to find inspiration in his work, and this is especially true of Belgian fashion designers, with their predilection for Surrealism.

© MoMu – Fashion Museum Antwerp, photo Stany Dederen