Thursday, 14 August 2014


Sensations is an exhibition of costumes from the fashion house ‘on aura tout vu’ and I saw it on my recent trip to the Calais Museum of Lace and Fashion. The costumes were exhibited in groups according to the five senses (visual, aural, touch, taste and smell) as well as two extra categories: the sublime and the imaginary. They were made from an amazing variety of materials including glass, mirrors, forks, wood, coathangers and fabrics in a myriad of colours. One of my favourites was this ‘lace’ wedding dress fashioned from wood, incorporating hearts and the words ‘I love you’. It was no surprise to discover that Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov, the founders of the group, use poetry as one of their frames of reference and Oscar Wilde’s quote ‘One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art’ seemed very apt. The exhibition continues until 31 December.

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