Attempting Utopia

A new fashion exhibit in Stockholm attempts utopia by examining notions of solidarity, memory, gender identity, technology, and sustainability — and by looking at a coterie of contemporary visionaries. The Liljevalchs Konsthall has assembled roughly 200 unconventional pieces from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, Viktor & Rolf, Hussein Chalayan, Walter van Beirendonck, Comme des Garçons, Dries Van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela, Prada, and Raf Simons for Dior.

Further, in the Memory Room, a small group of fashion-world luminaries has been asked to exhibit a garment that tells a personal story. Participants include Hamish Bowles (Vogue), Roy Andersson (director, Twiggy, Lykke Li, and Christian Lacroix. Swedish designers, too, were commissioned to create unique items, including Ann-Sofie Back, Bea Szenfeld, and CMMN SWDN.

Utopian Bodies: Fashion Looks Forward, Sep 15, 2015 – Feb 7, 2016, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Djurgårdsvägen 60, Stockholm, Sweden

Bea Szenfeld (2015)

Gypsy Sport (2015)

Anrealage (2010)

Walter Van Beirendonck (2005)


Viktor & Rolf (2005)

Nadine Goepfert (2013)

Jolan van der Wiel for Iris van Herpen

Alexander McQueen (2007)

Rick Owens (2014)

Francis Bitonti

Prada (2014), installation view

Craig Green (2014)

Hussein Chalayan (2013)

Ying Gao

installation view

Walter Van Beirendonck (2014)

Marketa Martiskova (2012)

Manon Kündig (2012)

Miguel Mesa Posada (2014)

Ryohei Kawanishi (2012)

Satsuki Ohata (2014)

Installation view

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