1914 Now. Four perspectives on fashion curation is a film installation and collaboration between fashion curators and filmmakers. Four curators - Walter Van Beirendonck, Amy de la Haye, Judith Clark and Kaat Debo - were invited by London College of Fashion’s Alison Moloney (Curator, International Exhibitions Programme) to express a moment in fashion or dress from 1914. Rather than working in familiar museum contexts, they explored the potential of film as a medium. This project simultaneously reveals multiple perspectives on one year of fashion and on fashion curation, with each curator displaying their distinctive approach towards their discipline.
This project was inspired by Rem Koolhaas’s brief to the national pavilions in the Giardini of the Venice Architecture Biennale Absorbing Modernity 1914 to 2014. One film focuses upon the cusp of modernity by exploring a surviving tea gown, whilst another takes the Futurist Manifesto of Balla to launch an exploration of contexts and display props. The protective headgear of war – a helmet from 1914 – forms commentary on the political landscape of today, and
a newly commissioned dress represents the tension between the desire for ornament and the search for the Modern. The curators have collaborated with filmmakers including Bart Hess, James Norton, Katerina Athanasopoulou and Marie Schuller.
Alongside the films are essays from the curators and responses from architectural historians, practitioners and critics, which explore how moments of modernity in fashion collide with those of other disciplines.
The films have been exhibited in Venice at Spazio Punch, from 6 November to 14 December 2014 and also feature in an international tour of fashion film festivals, gallery installations and evening screenings including RIBA on 9 December 2014.