GSA Regional Administrator Clothing on Display at Denver Art Museum
Do you think of fashion as art? The two often collaborate and intersect.
GSA’s Regional Administrator, Sue Damour has always been interested in fashion as a form of artwork. This probably stems from her upbringing. Sue’s mother was a fashion designer and became a costume designer on Broadway, creating costumes for about 15 years. Fast forward several years, Sue began learning how to best dress for her shape. She became introduced to the clothing of two Japanese designers that she felt drawn to. They were Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake. Sue was drawn to these edgy designers because she found their clothing to be timeless, interesting, comfortable, and practical (even machine washable!)
Sue was contacted by the Denver Art Museum (DAM) and asked to lend her pieces for Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s, which shows work by Japanese designers who started a fashion revolution in Paris. Shock Wave compares the traditional clothing at the times next to the items from these Japanese designers.
The exhibition features 70 looks by powerhouse designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on fashion still resonates today.
Sue lent the DAM three pieces: a black silk dress with a bold twisted collar with a white/grey/black print rolled into the collar by Yohji, a white blouse with origami-type folded squares cascading down the front of the blouse by Issey, and a turtleneck with crinkly material and petals of the fabric dropping off the turtleneck by Issey.
You can view Sue’s pieces in Shock Wave through May 2017 at the Denver Art Museum.
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