Coming week – from the 13th of October 2016 till the 5th f February 2017, the Barbican Centre will open an exhibition that will question the very nature of bad taste. According to the gallery, The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined will be “revealing in its excesses” and “inviting the visitor to think again about exactly what makes something vulgar and why it is such a sensitive and contested term.” The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe. The Centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions.
Curated by Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips, the exhibition will question the meaning of bad taste with shocking, excessive pieces from designers such as Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Marc Jacobs. The show will bring together 120 exhibits, including a Pam Hogg body stocking, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s tits top and Walter van Beirendonck’s elephant skirt outfit. Several hats by the visionary milliner Stephen Jones will also be on display, along with some 90s haute couture by John Galliano for Christian Dior and creations by some of fashion’s most distinguished designers such as Raf Simons to Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Yves Saint Laurent.
Fashionscandal would love to copy the Barbican’s concept and do a piece on Vulgar Fashion in India. Readers you are welcome to send in your choices or I will wait till the forthcoming India Fashion Week spring-summer 2017 gets over on the 16th of this month.