Mapping Motifs: An exploratory journey through fashion, cities and identities

Ling, Wessie (2006) Mapping Motifs: An exploratory journey through fashion, cities and identities. [Show/Exhibition]

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While most fashion exhibitions are about chronologic and thematic presentation of clothes, fashion as a subject for the exploration of visual art practice has been little undertaken. This artist exhibition broadens the scope of visual-arts practice by situating fashion as a core practice. This project explores the relations of fashion, cities and identities through a Chinese dress -the cheongsam. The cheongsam is not only central to the construction of Chinese identities, but also a popular inspiration for fashion designers from various cites. These fashion designers promote their interpretation of the cheongsam, lifting its Chinese origin for their affiliated city yet also assigning new identities to the dress. Through an interactive installation of 6 identical cheongsams each representing a different city, Mapping Motifs questions the identities of the cheongsam and their relation to fashion cities. The project comprised an exhibition and two seminars. It engages audiences with or without a fashion and or visual art background and allows them to experience fashion through the form of visual arts.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information: WESSIELING is a London based visual artist whose work uses text and installations to address the immateriality and symbolic power of fashion. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Collyer Bristow Gallery, Hong Kong Arts Centre and Austrian National Museum of Applied and Contemporary Arts among others. Further projects can be viewed at
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2013 09:46
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:20

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