Exploding Fashion unpacks the role of innovative pattern-cutting in key examples of 20th-century design. This book 'explodes' key dress designs by five game-changing fashion designers held in the world's leading dress collections, and reverse-engineers them to understand how they were made and once moved on the body. It brings traditional ways of making into dialogue with new ways of visualising, illuminating haute couture and prêt-a-porter methods for a visually-driven, digital age.
This book accompanies Exploding Fashion: From 2D to 3D to 3D Animation a research project at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) that explores how pattern-cutting in twentieth century fashion can be understood through the practices of making, unmaking and remaking. By Patrick Lee Yow, Esmee Young, Caroline Evans, Alistair O'Neill, Liam Leslie and Isabella Coraça. On show at MoMu Antwerp until Feb 5th 2023.
Alistair O’Neill is a writer, curator and professor of Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins (UAL). He is a member of the UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre and sits on the editorial board of Fashion Theory. Since the implementation of its contemporary exhibitions program in 2008, he has been working as a curatorial consultant for Somerset House Trust, focusing on its fashion exhibitions. His research interests include 20th-century and contemporary fashion; fashion photography in relation to visual culture; fashion curation and histories of display; London as a centre for fashion cultures.
**Collection is available on Tuesday at CSM H205 BA Fashion Offices and students should present their ID when collecting.