Category: Past events

Louis Vuitton ‘La Galerie’

In September 2015, Judith Clark’s museum for Louis Vuitton was opened to the public. The installation is a fragmentary account of Louis Vuitton’s history through 400 objects and documents, chosen from the house’s archive of 26,000 objects and 165,000 items of paper ephemera. Among the objects at the new gallery space, which is located just outside Paris are trunks from the 1800s to the present day, clothing accessories and footwear.

Louis Vuitton - La Galerie in Asnières-sur-Seine

Louis Vuitton – La Galerie in Asnières-sur-Seine

Each of the individually cast plaster and wood units frame precious pieces from the archive, creating resonances across the collection that includes not only the company’s idiosyncratically gathered history, but reflecting the family’s own collecting policy – so a medieval trunk might sit next to a mini-malle handbag from 2015.
The route through ‘La Galerie’ is imagined as a game that is impossible to complete. Each theme is built as a piece of a jigsaw puzzle inspired by the shapes of Gaston Louis Vuitton’s game, the Pateki, which he designed in the 1930s

The relationship between craftsman and client is reinvented with every innovation in the company’s history. We find early trunks, morphed for different modes of travel, the first patents logged at early International Expos, as well as the exquisite graphics of calligraphic trials for the inlay for client’s personalized ‘necessaires’ or shop display. The clients, from Hollywood divas to fearless explorers created challenging demands, and modern technology created the means of finding solutions.

The exhibition space is located on the historic Louis Vuitton grounds where, in 1859, the family built a workshop, reserving one floor of the building as their home, and where made-to-order items are still manufactured.
“We wanted it to be perceived very much as a gallery intervention,” Clark said during a preview tour of the venue. “It’s like an installation reflecting on the idea of exhibiting the Vuitton archive. It’s intended to be kind of slightly disruptive in that way.”


A Brief and Incomplete Account of Punk Fashion Exhibitions

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Punk the Centre for Fashion Curation’s Jeffrey Horsley has compiled A Brief and Incomplete Account of Punk Fashion Exhibitions which looks at four exhibitions that have celebrated Punk style. Jeff’s exhibition Nice and Sleazy: Punk and Post-Punk T-shirts runs until Thursday 24 November. The CfFC will also host a talk and film screening by Roger Burton, Thursday 24 November, and MA Fashion Curation student Luke Moss will create a display inspired by Burton’s exhibition Vive le Punk in the case outside the LCF canteen in John Prince’s Street.

Nice and Sleazy. Image © Jeffrey Horsley

Nice and Sleazy. Image © Jeffrey Horsley

Vive le Punk

11 February-10 April 1993, The Horse Hospital, London, UK

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Cabinet Stories opens to the public

The Cabinet Stories project launched in early 2016 exploring fashion from different curatorial perspectives in the traditional museum setting of a cabinet.  The project, which is a collaboration between the Centre for Fashion Curation and the Social Responsibility team at LCF, visited communities that may experience disadvantage and has been displayed in a women’s prison, a mental health centre for people with borderline personality disorder, and an older people’s home. As it opens to the public this week in Poplar,  Curator Alison Moloney reflects on the project.

Cabinet Stories

Cabinet Stories, Photo by Hanna Puskarz

“I don’t have a gallery space so projects such as Cabinet Stories, which tour to the audience, are instinctive. My work also has a strong emphasis on widening participation and I explore different media outcomes – for example film with my project 1914 Now – to reach these audiences.

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Renewal – Curation students unpack the Allure of the Archive

Lasting only one and half days, but by no means less meaningful and impacting, Renewal was a student-led collaborative exhibition that unpacks the obsessive allure of the institutional archive deep from within UAL collections.  MA Fashion Curation student Luke Moss was there. 

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Mad About The Boy

Lou Stoppard talks to Ben Whyman about curating the exhibition which recently opened at the Fashion Space Gallery.

Photography by Emmi Hyppä

Photography by Emmi Hyppä

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