Travel Notes: Game Changers

The fashion historian Miren Arzalluz guide us through this ModeMuseum Antwerp exhibition, a tribute to Balenciaga and the female silhouette.

Some days ago we travelled to Antwerp to attend the SHOW2016 of the fashion students from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Among the many activities happening these days in the city around the fashion world there’s the exhibition Game Changers – Reinventing the 20th century silhouette, organised by the ModeMuseum. A look into the world of the designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, who in the middle of the 20th century reinvented the female silhouette with his innovative proposals.

We had the pleasure to discover this wonderful exhibition with Miren Arzalluz, curator together with Karen Van Godtsenhoven, and one of the leading experts in the designer’s work.

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With Mirem Arzalluz, curator of the exhibition.

Before Balenciaga, Madeleine Vionnet, Paul Poiret and Coco Chanel started to shape this freedom, and at the end of the 20th century Japanese and Belgium designers such as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons or Martin Margiela went further, with innovative silhouettes and a new interpretation of fashion.

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Balenciaga is the pivotal figure between this two periods and the central figure in the exhibition. The architect of innovation, who demonstrated that feminine silhouette had much more possibilities than the hourglass. His patterns and work are the central axis of the display, proving that fashion is more than a sequence of trends. Fashion is a way to shape the body, space and movement.

The exhibition will be open until next 18 August.

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Alfredo Olmedo with the fashion historian Mirem Arzalluz and the director of ESDEMGA, Lola Dopico

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