Fashion is “impatient”.
It is marked by rituals. It is based on codes. It is cyclical but transient. It is universal but individual.
It is a form of art, certainly the most viral.
It is social energy. We are all involved.
But how to make the most out of the energy resource that fashion and art together represent?

This is the central issue of “Fashion as Social Energy”, the exhibition that until August 30 will be hosted in the Palazzo Morando – Costume Fashion Image in Milan, curated by Anna Detheridge and Gabi Scardi, and organized by Connecting Cultures, under the patronage of the Regione Lombardia and Camera Nazionale of Italian Fashion, and in partnership with Ermenegildo Zegna.

Fashion as Social Energy, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Morando

Are we what we wear?

That fashion is the body, it is shown by “Pecking Order”, an installation “deliberately disturbing”. The two sculptures are theater “scaffoldings” made with chicken skin and at the hands level they form a set table on which lies, one for each table, a carcass of the plucked animal. White chicken meat appears to be today, as experts say, our dependence, but at what cost?
After removing the clothes and the skin, fashion is weight. The “Backpacks” by Nasan Tur are three backpacks consisting of useful items to perform specific tasks: cooking, singing, or breaking open. Which concept we want to bear, it is then up to us viewers.

Fashion as Social Energy, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Morando

Fashion is message and a shirt can become a catalyst of attention as in the installation of Katerĭina Šedá entitled “Every Dog a Different Master”. Fashion is thinking. Fashion is aesthetical ethics. The “Venus” of 1967 by Michelangelo Pistoletto gives us the shoulders and, heedless of us, is aimed at the “rags”. The goddess is naked and this is a symbol of purity and absolute truth. But the sincerity of extreme beauty is linked to consumerism, to futility, the inexorable passage of time. Fashion is the people and the costume is tradition. Maria Papadimitriou, through the “Costume of Yorgos Magas”, the “Rome Coats” and ” Φirma Gypsy Globals”, teaches us how “habit” (dress) means to “inhabit” (live).
Fashion as Social Energy, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Morando

Fashion is self-sufficient as evidenced by Andrea Zittel that self-produces everything he needs. Fashion is antibody, it can help to overcome one own’s fears. It has an apotropaic value due to its strength that is manifested through multiple forms. The dress is our natural habitat: it represents us, it helps us, it imprisons us, it liberates us. Wurmukos brings to Palazzo Morando “Dress me,” a capsul collection born from the encounter with Bassa Sartoria and created by people with and without psychiatric distress.

Fashion as Social Energy, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Morando

Fashion is reality. Fashion is provocation. “Fashion hacktivism” is a political and collective process of resistance by Otto von Busch. The artist transforms fashion in activism, with its “Fashion Police”, a modern inquisition that recognizes as its dictator Karl Lagerfled.
Fashion is a warning. Lucy Orta gives utopian answers to the Gulf War of 1991. And whether it is “Fabulae Naturae” or dome tents as “Dome” or “Habitants”, no salvation is certain. Fashion is consumerism. Fashion is history. In the hands of Claudia Losi tissue narrates its journey of shape changes. After having realized a full-scale whale that has toured the world, the animal was dismantled and the fabric has been donated to people like Antonio Marras and Benedetta Barzini. The result was a series of jackets. Each garment is a wealth of lives, you just need to learn how to listen to it.

Fashion as Social Energy, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Morando

Fashion as Social Energy, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Morando

Fashion as Social Energy, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Morando

Fashion as Social Energy, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Morando

Fashion as Social Energy, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Morando

Fashion as Social Energy, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Morando

Fashion as Social Energy, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Morando

Fashion as Social Energy, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Morando

Fashion as Social Energy, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Morando

Fashion as Social Energy, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Palazzo Morando

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Credits:
Special thanks to LABO.ART e AZA communication
Photo: Carlotta Coppo

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www.fashionasocialenergy.org
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