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Art Gallery: GSK Contemporary - Aware: Art Fashion Identity | reviews, news & interviews

Art Gallery: GSK Contemporary - Aware: Art Fashion Identity

Art Gallery: GSK Contemporary - Aware: Art Fashion Identity

The thinking person's wardrobe? Fashion meets conceptual art

A masked lace dress by the late Alexander McQueen, from 1998, turns the catwalk into pure theatre

Fashion and conceptual art come together, sometimes awkwardly, often provocatively, in the Royal Academy’s third and final annual GSK Contemporary exhibition. Instead of celebrating glamour and excess, designers and artists – as well as those, such as Helen Storey (1) and Hussein Chalayan, who have successfully made a fashion to art crossover - take on big themes: cultural and personal identity, conformity and freedom, globalisation and the environment. The exhibition explores the shifting concerns that have preoccupied these practitioners over the past five decades.

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