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Francesca Granata: Experimental Fashion Book Launch
Thu 6 April 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
The Fashion Research Network and Somerset House invite you to a lecture by Francesca Granata on her highly anticipated book, Experimental Fashion: Performance Art, Carnival, and the Grotesque Body (I.B. Tauris).
Experimental Fashion traces the proliferation of the grotesque and carnivalesque within contemporary fashion and the close relation between fashion and performance art, from Lady Gaga’s raw meat dress to Leigh Bowery’s performance style. The book examines the designers and performance artists at the turn of the twenty-first century whose work challenges established codes of what represents the fashionable body. These innovative people, the book argues, make their challenges through dynamic strategies of parody, humour and inversion. It explores the experimental work of modern designers such as Georgina Godley, Bernhard Wilhelm, Rei Kawakubo and fashion designer, performance artist, and club figure Leigh Bowery. It also discusses the increased centrality of experimental fashion through the pop phenomenon, Lady Gaga.
After the lecture, attendees will have the chance to meet with Granata over a glass of wine in the Somerset House bookshop.
She is the editor and founder of the non-profit journal Fashion Projects and has been invited to lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, IUAV Venezia, the Benaki Museum, Athens and Cornell University. She has published in the journals Fashion Theory, The Journal of Design History and Fashion Practice as well as in a number of book collections and exhibition catalogues.
Banner image credit: Merce Cunningham, Scenario, Courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Archive
Please note tickets are non-refundable.