The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined

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"Showing off" Period Dress
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FASHION is all a 'matter of taste' but where's the line between good and bad? The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined is an exhibition that explores that idea. Showcasing works from some of the most iconic fashion designers in the world, the exhibition looks at how the boundaries and limits of taste are pushed to create ground breaking designs.

The exhibition is split up into sections each exploring different themes that could be applied to the term 'Vulgar'. Here's a few ideas that got me thinking;

LEFT: "Exposed Bodies" Designs by Vivienne Westwood and Rudi Gernreich  Image source:   
  
 
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  www.smudgetikka.com RIGHT: "Classic Copies" Yves Saint Laurent dresses inspired by Mondrian Image source:   
  
 
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LEFT: "Exposed Bodies" Designs by Vivienne Westwood and Rudi Gernreich
Image source: www.smudgetikka.com
RIGHT: "Classic Copies" Yves Saint Laurent dresses inspired by Mondrian
Image source: www.michaelbarnaartvanbergen.com

Showing off
Too big, too much, too extravagant, these were all themes explored. The collection included period dresses which were padded to extremes and flamboyant outfits from designers such as Christian Lacroix and Alexandra McQueen.

Exposed Bodies
Showing too much can be considered 'Vulgar'. The fashion on display in this area pushed the boundaries of nudity and the naked body.

"Common" Food packaging dresses by Jeremy Scott for Moschino  Image Credit: Moschino

"Common" Food packaging dresses by Jeremy Scott for Moschino
Image Credit: Moschino

Classic Copies
Exploring the idea of plagiarism, this area included designs heavily influenced by other creatives work and 'Catwalk Copies' from high street shops.

Common
If something is widely available then it could be classed as 'common' or 'Vulgar'. Looking at designers such as Jeremy Scott, who turn 'common' items, such as food packaging into couture designs.

In Summary...
Overall I though the collection was cleverly put together and explored some really interesting ideas. It's a playful exhibition and some of the outfits on display are surprisingly shocking. From a design point of view it's great. Pushing boundaries is a fun idea for a designer and 'Taste" is a very subjective topic, after all good design is a matter of taste! L

The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined has now finished showing at the Barbican, London but will tour will tour to Winterpalais, Vienna from 3 March to 25 June 2017. If you would like to find out more then click here.