Fash­ion, egos collide

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

and lead-up to the am­bi­tious ex­hi­bi­tion China: Through The Look­ing Glass, an exploration of Chi­nese-in­spired western fash­ions by Cos­tume In­sti­tute cu­ra­tor An­drew Bolton, with the as­sis­tance of Amer­i­can Vogue ed­i­tor-in-chief Anna Win­tour, this doco is a roller coaster of lo­gis­ti­cal night­mares, hic­cups, and de­lays.

Sus­pense is de­rived from ag­o­nis­ing dis­cus­sions over light­ing de­signs be­fore ex­hibits are even in­stalled, with the dead­line day loom­ing and a su­per­star’s de­mands threat­en­ing to de­rail the open­ing night at­trac­tion.

De­spite Rhi­anna’s diva- like de­mands and the sweatin­duc­ing task of a celeb seat­ing plan, the ex­hi­bi­tion that slowly takes shape be­gins to blur the lines be­tween art and pol­i­tics, and ques­tions over whether the two can re­main mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive when art touches on cul­ture.

While a 1960s-style dress housed in a vault de­scribed as a “tour de force” is not some­thing I can re­late to, the ap­pre­ci­a­tion for it by fash­ion­istas is in­fec­tious.

There is plenty of food for thought (the com­mer­cial side of this en­deav­our and the fash­ion and art in­dus­tries also get a lookin), but even on the most su­per­fi­cial level the celebrity spot­ting is fun.

Model Cara Delev­ingne rock­ing out next to Justin Bieber at the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art at an in­ti­mate Rhi­anna con­cert is strangely thrilling.

I won’t be jet­ting off to Paris in a hurry to try my luck in the fash­ion in­dus­try, but I will think twice the next time I dis­miss a red car­pet event and those re­porters who ask “who are you wear­ing?”.

Rhi­anna on the red car­pet in The­First Mon­day­inMay.

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