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FASHION INTERVENTION. Intervention #1 : On Fashion and Art

Date: Monday 24 November.
Time: 6-9 pm, doors open at 5.30pm.
Place: Dramalabbet, Östgötagatan 2, Stockholm (T-Slussen).
Guestspeaker: Henrik Vibskov (DK) and Sara Sachs (USA/DK).
Moderator: Bella Rune.
Discussion partner: Suzanne Osten.
Performance: Infernal Runners and Minna Palmqvist.
Language: English.
Fashion Intervention is a series of sessions created by Fashionplay, curated by Sofie Rykowski and Ingela Nilsson, in collaboration with Iaspis.
The fashion show has taken on various shapes and today many fashion shows tend to resemble theatre productions. Fashion film and installations in art galleries have become alternatives to the catwalk. Is this a result of the market’s constant need for entertainment and the designers’ need to stand out, or is there a development of fashion as a performative art and greater interest in the encounter between clothes, materials, the body and our senses, and what these narrates? Is it useful to talk about fashion as art or design, and what do these divisions implicate? Do we simply need to reclaim what fashion represents and reassess prevailing preconceptions?
                                                        - Sofie Rykowski and Ingela Nilsson / Fashionplay
Fashion designers Henrik Vibskov and Sara Sachs, whose fashion shows border on dramatic art, have been invited to talk about their experiences. With her knowledge of the art world, textiles, design and innovative thinking, Bella Rune takes the stage as moderator. And with her outsider’s perspective and solid experience of the theatre and innovative thinking, Suzanne Osten has been invited to participate. Through their works and designs, Infernal Runners and Minna Palmqvist will illustrate the topics of conversation.

Henrik Vibskov
is a Danish fashion designer based in Copenhagen. Since 2001 he has created fashion for women and men, which he presents via music, installations and performance where his collections come to life. Henrik Vibskov creates collections for industrial production for the international market as well as costumes for opera, performance and entertainers. He has been awarded numerous prizes for his design and participated in a great many group and solo exhibitions at art galleries and museums around the world. In addition to his own projects, he collaborates with artist Andreas Emenius in the art project ‘The Circular Series’ and with musicians in the project ‘Mountain Yorokobu’. Henrik Vibskov was recently appointed Affiliate Professor at the Design School Kolding in Copenhagen.

Sara Sachs is a Danish fashion designer and performance artist based in Los Angeles with a background in costume design. She is the founder of the Moonspoon Saloon fashion label that was created in Copenhagen where she collaborated with artists Tal R and Everen Tekinoktay. Since moving to Los Angeles she has collaborated with choreographer Ryan Heffington on shows presented at MoCa, the Venice Biennale and the Armory Show. Sara Sachs works with inspiration from the stage that she brings to the catwalk where she mixes performance with character-driven fashion design and a solid artistry.

Bella Rune is a Stockholm-based artist and Professor of Textiles at Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design.  She received her education at the Chelsea College of Arts, London. Bella Rune has exhibited at, among others, Galleri Ynglingagatan, Galleri Crystal, Marabouparken, Zona Maco and Moderna Museet. She has integrated her art in a series of collaborations with director Jesper Kouthoofd, choreographer Malin Elgan and the band The Knife, among others. Bella Rune is represented at Moderna Museet, the Gothenburg Museum of Art and Malmö Art Museum. She is currently developing a public work for the Creative Time Summit Stockholm and a book on the project “Allehensrätten” with Sagovolvo and Moss Exhibits.

Suzanne Osten is a Swedish dramatist and director based in Stockholm. Suzanne Osten has directed innovative plays for both adults and children, as well as several feature films and radio plays and was professor of Film Directing at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (SADA) in 1995-2009. She has authored books, plays and film scripts. In 1975 she founded Unga Klara, a children’s and youth department of Kulturhuset City Theatre which became an independent theatre company in 2010. Suzanne was its artistic leader and director until 2014.
Infernal Runners consisits of artist Josefin Arnell, video artist Hedda Viå and costume designer, designer and educator Erik Annerborn. Infernal Runners work with aesthetic and esoteric design solutions. Their aim is to break down the concept of natural laws and natural behaviour. They communicate via perfume, film, clothes and body. Since 2009, Infernal Runners have created exhibitions, performances and other projects in Sweden, including at the Architecture and Design Center and Liljevalchs in Stockholm.
Minna Palmqvist is a Stockholm-based designer who has had her own label since 2009. Minna Palmqvist has challenged the Stockholm fashion scene with her unconventional manner of presenting her collections, which include film and catwalks bordering on performance, and. In 2014 she launched the feminist manifesto The female body is not yours to judge and in the series Intimately Social, she questions and challenges the image of the female body via fashion and art. Minna Palmqvist has received prizes for her work both nationally and internationally and in 2011 she won the Who’s Next: Young Designer’s award in the category Womenswear in Paris.

Fashionplay is an artist driven platform for conceptual fashion, founded in 2006 by Therese Dahlqvist and Helena Hertov.

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