The current exhibition ‘Aware: Art Fashion Identity’ at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, examines how artists and designers use clothing as a mechanism to communicate and reveal elements of our identity. The work of thirty leading international practitioners, including Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare and Yohji Yamamoto is on display under four sections: Storytelling, Building, Belonging and Confronting, Performance. In the Storytelling section, former fashion designer Helen Storey’s Say Goodbye dresses form part of her research into biodegradable materials: the enzyme-based textile will dissolve over time as it comes into contact with water. The show ends on 30 January 2011.
Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz broke through boundaries throughout the entirety of her career. Yet it was her Abakans, now showing in an exhibition at the Tate, that first prompted her critical and international success as a radical artist.