Exhibition Jesus de Pozo - Sala Canal de Isabel II - Madrid - Sept'16

This exhibition untitled "Jesús del Pozo" was a homage to the greatest Spanish fashion 
designer Jesús del Pozo, who died in 2011 and was very long waited and deserved.

The exhibition was at the Sala Canal de Isabel II - Comunidad de Madrid, curated 
by Esperanza García Claver, Sept-Oct 2016. The special conditions of the exhibition 
space together with the requirements of the pieces exhibited result in being the 
protagonists of the show, and although it was intended as a homage to the designer, 
each garment was the case. But, having said that and taken into account, one can
always focus on the main matter here: the pieces, works of art in most cases, 
designed and created by the feverish mind of Jesus del Pozo.

This exhibition was not only a well-deserved homage, but also an exaltation of the 
fashion creation of the 80s, specifically in Madrid, where the artist had his sewing 
workshop installed and also a sample of the artistic capacity of El Pozo. Apart from the 
fact that the designer created many outfits for well-known clients, the costumes and
ensembles that are part of this exhibition are a minimum part of the catalogue of
 creations del Pozo did along his career, but they are a good example of his 
craftsmanship and powerful imagination.

His sculptural visions are shown here in some  of the pieces that resemble works 
of art of the classical times. The purity in lines and patterns, as well as the use of 
fine and artistic fabrics are the signature of his brand and were the touches that 
made his collections be the most demanded in the times his atelier was open.

The display of the garments following the layout of the halls and the stairs, 
with the impressive metal architecture of the former water tank space, together 
with the use of very low light and dedicated spots on certain pieces, give a very 
dramatic impression of the exhibition. Climbing up the stairs of every floor 
prepare the visitor for an almost of spiritual experience.

This exhibition was a good, and also a little risky due to the space chosen, approach 
to the oeuvre of the very talented designer,  that created a refined and very artisanal 
body of work, it was more than fashion design, it was a very artful creative body of 
work and it was more that the right time to celebrate it.

Linen from Georg Jensen Damask

 Beautiful linen tablecloth and napkins service for an small exhibit display at 
Himmelbjerggaarden's libraries, manufactured by Georg Jensen Damask, a company 
that started weaving textiles on the XVIII century and still is serving great quality materials.

The pieces shown here are from mid XX century and were mainly used in special occasions 
and formal dinners, by the direction of the institution. They maintain the original beauty 
and the design is one of the most classic ones.

From the archives: Displaying a dress, Camden London

Sometimes one can get good ideas from street to display dress, 
like this Kimono in Camden shopping area, London.

Silk textiles and costumes from Valencia (private collection, Valencia, Spain)

Valencia region has a very famous festivity, Fallas, celebrated by mid March every year,
going back in history.  And, as part of the celebration, the tradition dictates to dress in
costume that speaks about the history of dress in that region.

These are some images from a private collection of dresses, accessories and textiles of costume
from Valencia that are come much alive every year when the Fallas celebration takes place.
The history of costumes may be dated back into the XVIII century and where mostly
used by peasants, but tradition transformed them into a more elegant garment for special
 occasions. Along the years the garments suffered from influences that have altered or modify
the original patterns. But, nowadays they are a historic document of ethnological value.

Silk production in Valencia region was a very important in the textile tradition and is dated
to the VIII century, when the Arabs introduced the mulberries cultivation and later the city
was known to be the end of the silk route, the route for trade and commerce that along the
centuries expanded its  influence in Spanish and European economics.

These costumes are a testimony of a great industry that was very powerful.
In 2016 The Colegio de la Seda, that houses the Museo de la Seda,
 received the Unesco Silk Route Program Award.

Boro Threads of Life - Expo at Somerset House London 2014

"Boro, Threads of life" - Somerset House, London, April 2014
Reflecting about the significance of exhibitions opens to review them once they are closed.
They stay as documents living in catalogues and archives, that means extending the life
or existence of exhibitions.

This article is about a show called Boro, Threads of life, at Somerset House, London 2014.
It was a beautiful, delicate, and knowledgeable exhibit featuring a carefully chosen collection
of pieces of "Japanese indigo patched textiles ..... to become exquisite objects of abstract art",
as it is stated in leaflet's text.

The installation was almost monastic with a clear intention of drive the interest to the pieces. 
The display space was in plain white walls, with one only distracting element (apart from 
the architectural features) being the hangers, that talk about the origin and use of some of 
the pieces: clothing and wearing.

Boro was the name for a a practice in rural Japan some centuries ago when peasants who could 
not afford silk for clothing, would stitch and reuse their cheap fabrics, in sleeping covers and 
clothing until they were almost unrecognizable.  These pieces speak about a society who would 
look for utilitarian solutions.

The title of the show offer a real meaning of the pieces in display, they are not a luxury commodity,
 they are a labour of necessity, and they tell stories of lives lived.  These patched pieces are a tribute
 to the modest inventiveness of human nature when it comes to necessity.  But here most of them
are shown losing some of their meaning, they look more work of art more than real garments.
The visit offers a moment of indulgence for is the aesthetic attributes of the pieces what captures
the attention at first and then comes the understanding of the origin and value of the pieces.

Some images as a visit to the exhibit.