Somerset House, London UK, 11 Nov 2014 – 11 Jan 2015.
The 20 meter tall installation explores how new materials, technologies and discourses have contributed to changing the meaning and function of the colour white within Western history. In particular it looks at the history of white plastic, white ink, white cotton, white pearls, white lace, white teeth, white hair, white silk, white paint and white paper.
The installation design is inspired by the collaborative relationship between Josiah Wedgwood and Sir William Chambers, the architect who designed Somerset House in the 18th century, and features white silhouettes by Ann-Sofie Back, Bea Szenfeld, Charlie Le Mindu, Fantich & Young, Gareth Pugh, Iris van Herpen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kokon To Zai, Maison Martin Margiela, Mao Usami.
This exhibition is part of Somerset House’s Fashioning Winter. Other participating curators are Shonagh Marshall (Somerset House), Dr Rebecca Arnold (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Beatrice Behlen (Museum ofLondon), Professor Caroline Evans (CSM), Professor Amy de la Haye (Centre for Fashion Curation at LCF), Alistair O’Neill (CSM), Tory Turk (Independent curator and Archivist) and Benjamin Whyman (Centre for Fashion Curation at LCF).
A special thank you to Assistant curator Johan Deurell and Fashion historian Hanne Eide.