Art & Design

J.W. Anderson’s Curating an Exhibit Featuring Dior and Rei Kawakubo

Art & Design

J.W. Anderson’s Curating an Exhibit Featuring Dior and Rei Kawakubo

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Designer Jonathan Anderson marries his love of modern art with a contemporary design through both his namesake label and iconic Spanish fashion house, Loewe. Now, he’s taking that fusion one step further by curating an art exhibit that investigates “the way the human form has been reconceived by artists and designers” over the last two centuries, and the way those perceptions challenge “underlying questions of gender that have been posed” by his eponymous brand.

The exhibition, Disobedient Bodies, will bring together his fall ’13 collection with designs by Christian Dior, Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier and Helmut Lang, in conversation with figurative sculptures by artists including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and pioneering feminist artist, Louis Bourgeois, among others.


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J.W. Anderson Fall ’13 


“This is a rare and exciting opportunity for me to bring together some of the works of art and fashion that long inspired my own creative work and to see what happens when these objects rub up against each other,” Anderson said. “I want the exhibition to mirror the speed and unexpected encounters that characterize the way in which we consume images today, as well as being a space in which to explore ideas of gender and identity that have been an ongoing part of my creative practice.”

Opening next spring, Disobedient Bodies will run from March 18 until June 2017, at The Hepworth Wakefield in the UK. Using his own collection as the starting point, Anderson hopes the exhibition will begin a dialogue about gender representation in art and fashion.