Crystal Hall - August 2014
The first exhibition dedicated to the creative influences of Malcolm McLaren and Virgil Abloh.
During Copenhagen Fashion Week in August, CIFF, COPENHAGEN INTERNATIONAL FASHION FAIR will present the fourth edition of The Crystal Hall, an exhibition that brings the most talented fashion designers and artists (AMI, Art Comes First, Gosha Rubchinskiy…) to a unique venue in Scandinavia each season.
For this edition of The Crystal Hall, creative directors Pierre Tzenkoff and Arnaud Vanraet will present two outstanding and influential creators of fashion, Malcolm McLaren and Virgil Abloh.
These multitalented artists have both found unique and innovative ways of capturing the zeitgeist and inspiring street culture. Like punk pioneer Malcolm McLaren, youth culture ambassador Virgil Abloh translates his vision into fashion, music and creative concepts, drawing on current vibes and creating references and influences that leave a lasting mark on the fashion and luxury industry.
This unique exhibition showcases their groundbreaking designs and artworks, many of them shown for the first time in Europe.
About the Exhibition and Artists
LET IT ROCK: The Look Of Music The Sound Of Fashion
LET IT ROCK is the first show to celebrate the fashion career of one of culture’s greatest iconoclasts, the late Malcolm McLaren.
Presenting a selection of the groundbreaking designs McLaren produced in tandem with Vivienne Westwood and manifested in his creation of the Sex Pistols and championing of hip hop and world music, LET IT ROCK also investigates McLaren’s series of epoch-making boutique environments which pioneered the Pop Up concept and fashion as a multiple.!
The immersive show is named after the 50s retro/vintage store McLaren opened at 430 King’s Road, London in 1971, in what would become the first incarnation of five different shop concepts and many fashion collections.
With previously unseen and rare original clothing, photographs, film and accompanied by a bespoke musical soundtrack, LET IT ROCK centres on a special installation as a tribute to the tiny shop space where McLaren inspired generations and created fashion magic out of the combined power of rock and roll adrenalin, provocative designs and cult behaviour.
LET IT ROCK presents a journey through the manifestations of the boutique McLaren instituted as he developed his design aesthetic and will include catwalk show invitations and shop retail flyers, as well as rare fashion spreads from magazines 1971-1984 and design drawings in McLaren’s hand from his own notebooks. Many of the exhibits will be accompanied by quotes from McLaren’s reminiscences of his career in fashion design.!
Exhibition screens will provide visitors with an opportunity to view rare film from McLaren’s earliest days in fashion, videos made for the Duck Rock and Fans albums and footage shot at the 80s catwalk shows he and Westwood staged in London and Paris.
LET IT ROCK provides an entertaining and colourful insight into the fascinating character and considerable achievements of this unique individual, without whom fashion would be a very different phenomenon today.
LET IT ROCK: The Look Of Music The Sound Of Fashion is curated by Young Kim of the Malcolm McLaren Estate and writer/cultural commentator Paul Gorman.
Malcolm McLaren (1946-2010) studied drawing and painting at London’s art schools in the 60s before entering fashion and conceptualising the successive retail environments at 430 Kings Road: Let It Rock (1971-72), Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die (1972-74), SEX (1974-76), Sedtionaries (1976-1980) and Worlds End (1981 to date), as well as the central London outlet Nostalgia Of Mud (1982-84).
McLaren’s career was marked by experimentation in radical artworks inspired by art movements such as Situationism, the most famous of which was Punk. His life-long activities — as fashion designer, pop music group creator (Sex Pistols, Bow Wow Wow), singer/composer/musical artist (Duck Rock, Fans, Waltz Darling, Paris), lecturer, media performer, producer, filmmaker, director and cultural philosopher - were all expressions of his art.
OFF-WHITE: INDUSTRIAL BY NATURE
As part of an ongoing series of installation art pieces by OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH the latest installment entitled “INDUSTRIAL BY NATURE” further explores one of the brands principles of crashing natural textures with a manmade industrial process. This series of art exhibitions and ancillary projects is an expression of the brand itself; the spirit of the fashion label under the OFF-WHITE name.
An extension of the Spring-Summer collection entitled “Moving Still” in the “INDUSTRIAL BY NATURE” show is an immersive sensory installation that gives the notion of being on a beach using man made triggers. Misting fans, layered with sounds of the seaside, visual projections of the ocean and a mound of sand all together create a curated atmosphere that is an impression of the brand.
Artworks in the apparent form of litter are strewn about the sand. Entitled “Morning” the artworks are various Starbucks cups co-branded with the OFF-WHITE signature diagonal lines. Furthering the dialogue of the accidental convergence between nature and industry.
Individual pieces of art were created in collaboration with Cali Thornhill Dewitt. A visual artist who specialises in juxtaposition of type and image based around shark and surf imagery. Cali lives and works in Los Angeles, he works in a variety of mediums and has recently had exhibits in LA, NYC, Glasgow and Tokyo
Virgil Abloh, 33, born outside of Chicago, IL
creative director, architect and fashion designer
With a degree in Civil Engineering University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology he began his career in design as an architect. Thereafter, he took on a role as Creative Director for Kanye West and his creative content company DONDA. Over the years Abloh has collaborated with the likes of Nick Knight, Riccardo Tisci, Kim Jones, Takashi Murakami, Olivier Rousteing (Balmain), Giuseppe Zanotti, George Condo on a wide array of creative projects.
The initial foray of the brand OFF-WHITE began with an art project entitled PYREX VISION a project based upon juxtaposition. -This proved to be the initial incarnation of what is now known as OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH.
The fashion brand OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH is a seasonal men’s and women’s collection that also feature a furniture range and occasional product design to support a lifestyle of a modern sentiment. The ethos of the brand is one part considering classic silhouette and another part graphic design in a way that complements and reinforces a unique aesthetic in fashion.
OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH is sold at Colette, Barneys New York, Maxfield's, The Webster Miami, and Selfridges amongst other stores across the the world. The brand also has ambassadors by the likes of Rihanna, Jay-Z, Rita Ora, Kim Kardashian, Victor Cruz and other notable figures in culture.
The brand has also been featured in publications like Vogue, Women's Wear Daily, Style.com, and GQ. The brand has a firm footing in culture and has made a key contribution to fashion as an emerging designer.
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