Het Nieuwe Instituut: Workwear
March 26, 2023 - September 9, 2023
Het Nieuwe Instituut:
Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam, Netherlands

Fashion researcher Eldina Begic zeroes in on the symbolism and manifold uses of functional clothing by highlighting vintage classics, current staples, and futuristic experiments. It also demonstrates how simple design language and hardwearing materials appeal to the imagination—and have for decades inspired everyday fashion and haute couture alike as symbols of solidarity and equality. Examples include X-rays of Neil Armstrong’s lunar landing suit displayed next to the “space suit” with zip-off legs worn by members of the Dutch Provo Movement; an original over-shirt by Arts and Crafts designer William Morris; and Maria Blaisse’s Flexicap that nods to a textile sculpture by Franz Erhard Walter. 

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