current exhibition – extended until September 30!
With the exhibition Crafting Fashion for Possible Futures, curated by Camille Boyer and Miriam Kathrein for the Austrian Fashion Association, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents for the first time a comprehensive overview of contemporary Austrian fashion design and shows that design holds the potential for change and possible, better futures.
The exhibition focuses on the working methods of professional fashion design practitioners who are concerned with their responsibility in the socio-political, socio-cultural, and socio-economic realm. Their respective fashion design practices explore and investigate fields of identity politics, activism, sustainability, or the interdependency of traditional production processes and new technologies. The fashion practitioners presented in the exhibition deal with how designing fashion can bring about positive and systemic change. Within their design practices, they seek possibilities to create new prospects pivotal for societal transition.
Some of the designers on show recraft the cultural, employing intangible and material resources; some use deadstock that remain as a result of overproduction in the textile industry. Through the act of making, others challenge the obsolete power structures in place and denounce a neo-colonialism ubiquitous both in our western societies and most fashion mega-corporations; some champion community and identity, give visibility to minorities, and create platforms for the non- and under-represented; others de-seam—in the literal meaning of the word—masculinity and interlace the demand of intersectional feminism into the wearable.
All the designers presented in the exhibition instigate change through their daily practice. Their acts give form not only to garments and textile artifacts, but also to a social fabric full of optimism, solidarity, and hope.
Banner Image: Exhibit flyer. Image Credit – ACF