Fetishism in Fashion
Fashion Biennale Arnhem
“Fetishism in Fashion” - the theme curator Lidewij Edelkoort has selected for the fifth edition of the M°BA (Fashion Biennale Arnhem) - leads us through the extraordinary and unexplored territory of fashion and fetishism.
It features a series of exhibitions and events which explores and charts the passionate relationship the public has with fashion and accessories. The many wrist bands, the different types of bra strap and the laces which tighten corsets. We are literally connected to and enthralled by fashion which uses human fetishism in its design. A new world of helmets, armor and corsets; of caps, aprons and nappies; of tabards and tippets; of masks veils and wigs; and clogs, hooves and stilts. The changing idiom of tomorrow’s fashion.
Fetishism as a starting point for the biennale deals with more than just the sexual connotation certain items of clothing and accessories can have. It is also about the emotional and, sometimes even, obsessive relationship we have with the way we come across. We communicate with each other both intentionally and unintentionally thanks to our appearance. We have our favorite items of clothing, favorite colors and the accessories we collect. We dress ourselves and are led by intuitive and seemingly irrational processes.
M°BA 13 - Fetishism in Fashion uses exhibitions, films and images, dance and theater, and workshops to summon a world which appeals to our darkest and most primitive instincts.