Etage Projects offers a counterpoint to fashion’s ephemerality with wearable art

For Copenhagen Fashion Week, design gallery Etage Projects invites 22 artists and collectives to create ‘long-lived aesthetic commodities’ AS FEATURED IN THE WALLPAPER* DESIGN AWARDS 2020 ISSUE

Candy Cube
Left, ‘Candy Cube’ earring, by Sabine Marcelis. Right, ‘Seahorse No 2’ earring, by Jo Riis-Hansen. Both prices on request, for Etage Projects.
(Image credit: Antje Peters)

For Copenhagen Fashion Week (28-31 January), Danish design gallery Etage Projects is transforming itself into ‘a utopian shopping environment for wearable art’, complete with its own window displays and fitting rooms.

Curated by Jeppe Ugelvig, the ‘Wearables’ exhibition invited 22 international artists to offer a counterpoint to fashion’s ephemerality, proposing garments and accessories as ‘long-lived aesthetic commodities’ to elevate one’s wardrobe while being mindful of ecological footprint.

Unisex Robe

‘Robe, Unisex’ kimono, by Fos in collaboration with Maja Brix, prices on request, for Etage Projects

(Image credit: Antje Peters)

Our newly minted Designer of the Year, Sabine Marcelis, has downsized her resin ‘Candy Cubes’ into jewellery form, their translucent volumes more ethereal than before; while ceramicist and jeweller Jo Riis-Hansen has crafted aquatic-themed earrings out of freshwater pearls and gold.

Meanwhile, multidisciplinary artist FOS – no stranger to the fashion industry thanks to his celebrated collaborations with Phoebe Philo-era Celine – has teamed up with womenswear designer Maja Brix on a ‘sculpture dress’, cape, and a hooded cotton denim kimono we can’t wait to cosy up in.


‘Wearables’, from 28 January, Etage Projects


Etage Projects
Borgergade 15E


TF Chan is a former editor of Wallpaper* (2020-23), where he was responsible for the monthly print magazine, planning, commissioning, editing and writing long-lead content across all pillars. He also played a leading role in multi-channel editorial franchises, such as Wallpaper’s annual Design Awards, Guest Editor takeovers and Next Generation series. He aims to create world-class, visually-driven content while championing diversity, international representation and social impact. TF joined Wallpaper* as an intern in January 2013, and served as its commissioning editor from 2017-20, winning a 30 under 30 New Talent Award from the Professional Publishers’ Association. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he holds an undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University.