The Hasselt Fashion Museum in Belgium is interested in the impetuous need to undress: to dress while stripping off. After months of being hidden, wrapped up in comfortable indoor clothes but without any notion of aesthetics, fashion once again wants to highlight our bodies by stripping them. A perpetual back and forth between “hiding and revealing [the body] that does not date from today.” This is what the exhibition “DressUndress” seeks to achieve under the eye of its guest curator, Murielle Scherre: “With ‘DressUndress,’ the museum intends to emphasize and contextualize our current look on the naked body.”
Because indeed, what is appropriate or not to show? Why was it yesterday and not today? Who decides? Exciting questions that in turn question gender identities, sexuality, the power of clothing that conceals, empowerment, inclusion, body-positivity, and many other themes, from the late eighteenth century to today. A saga of clothing that is told in four parts (“unveiling,” “veiling,” “trompe-l’oeil,” “metamorphosis”) through the work of the greatest of the discipline, such as Vivienne Westwood, Olivier Theyskens, Elsa Schiaparelli, Alexander McQueen, Raf Simons, and Azzedine Alaïa, but also Comme des Garçons, Ann Demeulemeester, Versace, Maison Margiela, and Jean Paul Gaultier.
“DressUndress” – Fashion Museum
Gasthuisstraat 11, Hasselt (Belgium)
Until November 20, 2022