ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion at Centraal Museum Utrecht until January 19th

Text and images: Branko Popovic

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After its first presentation at the Benaki Museum in Athens and followed by La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris in early Spring of 2013, Centraal Museum Utrecht had the honor to showcase ‘ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion’, the first international fashion exhibition focusing on character design.
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Despite its title, Monsters in Fashion exhibition involves nothing to be afraid of. In fact it will rather put a smile on your face. All these monstrous creations, atypical shapes, extreme volumes, covered faces and masks are somehow re-interpretations or even transformations of the human body, that becomes a hybrid-supernatural creature thanks to the garment that works as new skin.

ARRRGH! displays more than 70 contemporary designs include established and emerging designers such us Rick Owens, Issey Miyake, Bernhard Willhelm, Walter van Beirendonck, Viktor & Rolf, Bas Kosters, Bart Hess, Charlie Le Mindu, Maison Martin Margiela, Filep Motwary & Maria Mastori, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello, Manon Kündig, Heyniek, Mads Dinesen, Craig Green and many more.
For the Centraal Museum Utrecht edition, more pieces have been added, including 3 dresses from  L’Hiver de l’Amour collection, work by Viktor & Rolf that was first presented in 1994.
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Dutch designers Bart Hess and Bas Kosters both created new designs, specifically for this exhibition, commissioned by Centraal Museum. In addition, Centraal Museum acquired two outfits of the emerging British menswear designer Craig Green from his AW 2013 collection.

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ARRRGH! had its first presentation in at the Benaki Museum in Athens and then moved to La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, in Spring 2013.
The exhibition ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion is curated by and based on the research of ATOPOS Contemporary Visual Culture, a curatorial and artistic collective in Greece, founded in 2003. ATOPOS cvc noticed that since the 1990s monstrous characters had been appearing on the catwalks of different designers and researched this phenomenon for three years. The outcome of this research was compiled in the book Not a Toy, Fashioning Radical Characters, which was published in 2011 by Pictoplasma Publishing, Berlin. This is how ARRRGH! was born.

ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion at Centraal Museum is open until 19 Januari 2014, Hurry up!

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