7 PM - 8.30 PM Thursday 5 April 2018
Celebrate the opening night of SCCI Fashion Hub 2018 with a keynote address by Dr Emmanuel Coquery, Director of Exhibitions of the Grand Palais, Paris, and former Director of Heritage for CHANEL, co-presented with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). Dr Coquery will share his perspective on fashion as a legitimate object of curation, exploring the links between fashion and art.
Reflecting the interdisciplinary methods of designers who creatively synthesise fashion and other art forms, both Australian and international curation now reflects the ascendency of couture to the museum sphere. Formerly deemed frivolous, fashion is now venerated in museums worldwide, with fashion collections routinely achieving blockbuster status once reserved for the great masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vermeer, van Gogh, or Picasso. Exhibition projects dedicated to fashion are among the most popular shows: Alexander McQueen at The Metropolitan Museum (2011, 650,000 visitors) and at the V&A (2015, 480,000); Manus ex machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology at The Met (2016, 660,000 visitors); Dior at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Join Dr Coquery as he traces shifts in public norms and institutional recognition of fashion. Do these shifts indicate that fashion is now perceived as a form of art in the fullest sense? From a public, academic and institutional point of view, is fashion synonymous with art at all?
Paid event $40. This event is booked through MAAS.
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Dr Emmanuel Coquery is a Doctor of Art History, a specialist of the art of the Grand Siècle, an educator, museum director, author of numerous publications and a curator of diverse exhibitions for museums in Nantes, Troyes and the Louvre. In 2011 he joined CHANEL as Director of Heritage, where he led the production of the CULTURE CHANEL series of shows with French and foreign museum partners, and in May 2017 he was appointed the Director of Exhibitions of the RMN - Grand Palais, where he is in charge of programming exhibitions. Dr Coquery appears in: