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