Utopian Bodies

Fashion Looks Forward

Exhibited at Liljevalchs Konsthall

25 September – 7 February 2016

Utopian Bodies – Fashion Looks Forward is currently offered by Barrett Barrera Projects for international travel to public and private institutions.

Utopian Bodies – Fashion Looks Forward maps out imaginable futures for the adorned body. How can fashion be harnessed to create a better future? How does fashion relate to the human body, to us as individuals and groups, and the world around us?

Presenting fashion’s possibilities and highlighting human creativity, the exhibition aims to inspire visitors to search for their good place, their vision of the future. Arranged over eleven galleries – Sustainability, Change, Technology, Craft & form, Craft & Color, Resistance & Society, Resistance & Beauty, Solidarity, Memory, Gender Identity and Love – the exhibition presents a snapshot of what is possible today and where we can be in the future.

The exhibition, which consists of over 200 objects, images and videos, invites visitors to embark on a captivating journey between different worlds. The individually designed galleries are inspired by various utopian ideas – some realized and others not. But above all, they highlight the social promise of technology and creativity.

Some of the highlights include a Dior couture ensemble with a detailed floral pattern from the spring/ summer collection 2013, representing the new direction of the legendary house under Raf Simons’ creative leadership; Viktor & Rolf’s look from Van Gogh Girl couture spring/summer 2015 collection, as well as their iconic “Hana Bedtime Story” ensemble from 2005; Hussein Chalayan’s ground-breaking table skirt (Afterwords 2000) and molded plastic dress (Inertia 2009); Walter Van Beirendonck’s Stop Racism headdress from Crossed Crocodiles autumn/winter 2014; Issey Miyake’s innovative King & Queen installation from the spring/summer 1999 A-POC collection which was already then made with zero-waste; and Jólan van der Wiel’s and Iris Van Herpen’s magnetic and 3D-printed shoes.

This show also includes several garments from one of the world’s largest private collections of Alexander McQueen, Prada’s sparkling rainbow look from spring/summer 2014 and a look from Rick Owen’s autumn/winter 2015 collection that caused a media stir due to the strategically cut holes revealing the models’ genitals.

A number of films directed by, for example, Nick Knight/SHOWstudio, Geoffrey Lillemon and George Tsioutsias are screened throughout the galleries. Stephen Jones Millinery’s almost surreal hats, and one of Maiko Takeda’s headpieces – seen on the artwork of Björk’s latest album – will be on display.

Visitors also encounter objects by a host of international designers, such as KENZO, Gucci, Acne, Bless, Dries Van Noten, Bernhard Willhelm, Naomi Filmer, Sonia Rykiel, Chloe, Elsa Schiaparelli, Massaro, as well as Versace, Maison Martin Margiela and Comme des Garcons for H&M.

  • Barret Barrera | Utopian Bodies

    Installation view, Utopian Bodies, 2015

    Mattias Lindbäck

  • Barret Barrera | Utopian Bodies

    Installation view, Utopian Bodies, 2015

    Mattias Lindbäck

  • Barret Barrera | Utopian Bodies

    Installation view, Utopian Bodies, 2015

    Mattias Lindbäck

  • Barret Barrera | Utopian Bodies

    Installation view, Utopian Bodies, 2015

    Mattias Lindbäck

  • Barret Barrera | Utopian Bodies

    Installation view, Utopian Bodies, 2015

    Mattias Lindbäck

  • Barret Barrera | Utopian Bodies

    Installation view, Utopian Bodies, 2015

    Mattias Lindbäck

  • Barret Barrera | Utopian Bodies

    Installation view, Utopian Bodies, 2015

    Mattias Lindbäck

  • Barret Barrera | Utopian Bodies

    Installation view, Utopian Bodies, 2015

    Mattias Lindbäck

  • Barret Barrera | Utopian Bodies

    Installation view, Utopian Bodies, 2015

    Mattias Lindbäck

  • Barret Barrera | Utopian Bodies

    Installation view, Utopian Bodies, 2015

    Mattias Lindbäck

  • Barret Barrera | Utopian Bodies

    Installation view, Utopian Bodies, 2015

    Mattias Lindbäck

Barret Barrera | Utopian BodiesBarret Barrera | Utopian BodiesBarret Barrera | Utopian BodiesBarret Barrera | Utopian BodiesBarret Barrera | Utopian BodiesBarret Barrera | Utopian BodiesBarret Barrera | Utopian BodiesBarret Barrera | Utopian BodiesBarret Barrera | Utopian BodiesBarret Barrera | Utopian BodiesBarret Barrera | Utopian Bodies

About the Exhibition Makers:

Founded by Sofia Hedman & Serge Martynov, Museea is known for a distinctive curatorial approach, closely allying objects, graphics and exhibition design. Their work has been seen in recent shows such as A Queen Within, Christie’s, New York and WCHOF in St Louis and White Perspectives of Stamp Stairs in Fashioning Winter, Somerset House, London. This year, they founded their studio Museea – which alongside them involves a loose constellation of artists, scholars and writers.

Exhibition Design:

The exhibition features specially commissioned art work by artists Orlando Campbell and Anastasya Martynova, wigs by Charlie Le Mindu and Perry Patraszewski and make up by Oscar Wilhelmsson.

Sustainability Advisor:

Maria Bucher