Exhibitions

Shape Shifters

About

The magical concept of shapeshifting must be deeply ingrained into our psyche, as it is a popular theme in myths and fairy tales, in shamanism and witchcraft, in religious texts and science fiction, in the arts and culminating in our modern ‘makeability’ cultus.

What is this fleshy vessel, this body, that has to somehow fit in with the prescriptions of fashion? What does fashion do with our shape and with our concept of self? Which part of our identity is expressed through fashion?

The New Order of Fashion team perceives an increasing desire to alter not solely our digital selves, but also our actual physical form. By bending gender and appreciating beauty in diversity, and through our fitness fanaticism, cosmetic surgery, and biohacking, the human form is altered to that of a cyborg. A surprising number of young designers are researching new expressions of identity as an answer to a fast changing and multidimensional living environment, considering the increasing influence of technology, migration issues and climate change. Something is at stake, we are changing. Fashion offers an endless toolbox of silhouettes, expressions, associations and identifications. In the end, the magician who changes our appearance is us!

Modebelofte 2018 shows the forefront of young fashion designers who strive towards more autonomy, imagination, and experimentation in how we express the complexities of our advanced self-identity. They answer to an essential need of humans to transform. They are Shape Shifters!

Talents

Alicia Minnaard
Anna Dorian
Axel Backlund
Chien Hsiang Hung
Emma Wessel
Floyd Hogan
Juha Vehmaanperä
Kota Okuda
Lieselot Elzinga
Lingfeng Zhu
Marie Sloth Rousing

Matilda Söderberg
Paolo Carzana
Pierre-Louis Auvray
River Renjie Wang
Savanah Avery
Sinéad O’Dwyer
Stefan Kartchev
Stina Randestad
Studio PMS
Yuting Zhu

Supported by

Shape Shifters is supported by Stichting Cultuur Eindhoven, Brabant C, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and the Dutch Design Foundation.

Sponsored by

Fontys ArtCoDe, Sting, Havep, Philips, Mansveld Expotech, Heijmans, Air Design Studio Erik van Dongen, Mediamarkt Ekkersrijt, Jeger – Allround Painting, Professional Painting and Kunstofshop.nl.

Special Thanks To

HOAX, Bart Hess, Erik van Dongen.

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