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The BFC Announces Categories for 2016 The Fashion Awards

THE British Fashion Council in partnership with Swarovski has announced the categories for 2016 The Fashion Awards which will launch this year’s fundraiser gala for British Fashion Council Education Foundation charity – an organisation offering scholarships to the gifted creatives for best fashion universities in the UK.

Royal_Albert_Hall,_London_-_Nov_2012The venue for the awards – The Royal Albert Hall, London

The annual event has been long established as one of the most prominent ones on the fashion calendar – the greatest of the industry gather to celebrate international as well as homegrown emerging talents.

Taking place on Monday December 5 at the Royal Albert Hall the awards this year will acknowledge designers and their brands in seven international categories and four aimed at the British talent paying homage to the host city London. The winners will be decided by a panel of over 1,500 industry influencers across media and retail professions who will cast their votes for the deserving nominees.

On the night the British accolades will be granted to British Menswear Designer of the Year, British Womenswear Designer of the Year, British Brand and Emerging Talent Award, while the international awards will seek to recognise Model of the Year, Ready-to-Wear Designer of the Year, Accessories Designer of the Year, Urban Luxury, Creative Influencer, Business Leader and Fashion Icon which will be voted for by the pubic.

Furthermore four special recognition awards will be announced ahead of the evening for Outstanding Achievement Award, Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, Special Recognition Award and Swarovski Award for Positive Change.

by Magda Pirowska

Tickets for the general public to attend The Fashion Awards 2016 are now on sale.
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Issey Miyake Exhibition Opens at National Art Centre, Tokyo

THE NATIONAL Art Centre in Tokyo has curated an unprecedented celebration of the work of Issey Miyake,  entitled  MIYAKE ISSEY EXHIBITION – The Work of Miyake Issey is an extensive representation of the celebrated designer’s work and inspirations.

02_No.1 Dress, No.1 Jacket(RGB)132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE, 1 Dress, No.1 Jacket, 2010. Photograph: Hiroshi Iwasaki

The show presents Miyake, one of the most significant fashion designers of all time, as tireless seeker of innovation, both in design as well as fabric-making. The exhibition focuses on Miyake unique and forward-thinking work ethic and presents his approach to design through the perspective of his entire career.

The show is structured around three main themes in three rooms – each exploring different phases in Miyake’s lifelong creative journey – that allow the viewer to fully comprehend his work.

05_Linen Jumpsuits, Spring Summer 1976(RGB)ISSEY MIYAKE, Linen Jumpsuits, Spring/Summer 1976, 1975. Photograph: Hiroshi Iwasaki

Displaying Miyake’s ideas about making clothes, tradition and the latest technology – featuring Miyake’s unique production processes the designer followed in his pioneering pleats products and showcasing his famous innovative approach to design and textile making that mixes the new with traditional techniques and craftsmanship – and Display and Visual Design by Taku Satoh as well as Grid Bodies developed especially by Tokujin Yoshioka to display the clothes will lend the visual aid to allow the visitors to fully immerse themselves in his art.

04_Tatoo, Spring Summer 1971(RGB)ISSEY MIYAKE, Tatoo, Spring/Summer 1971, 1970 Photograph: Hiroshi Iwasaki

As the showcase is intended as a journey through Miyake’s evolution as an artist and a craftsman, Room A explores Miyake’s early designs when his outlook on the multidimensional relations between the body and the shape covering it has started developing.

It features drawings and early pieces – his body suit with a back tattoo and handkerchief dress made out of only three sheets of material, all unveiling his ideas of freedom and thought of body which he has weaved into his work and design and have become synonymous with Miyake’s name.

07_Blade of Grass Pleats, Spring Summer 1990(RGB)ISSEY MIYAKE, Blade of Grass Pleats, Spring/Summer 1990, 1989. Photograph: Hiroshi Iwasaki

Room B follows Miyake into the 1980s and his eponymous designs of the time, which was a reaction to the hedonistic and body-centred decade. He worked with synthetic material and modelled these pieces on a real torso which makes them both very sculptural while retaining the freedom revoked by the flow-y silhouettes.

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ISSEY MIYAKE, Waterfall Body, Autumn/Winter 1984, 1984. Photograph: Hiroshi Iwasaki

Finally, Room C focuses on the main themes developed by Miyake in his creative journey. The viewers can here gain a deeper understanding behind designer’s concept of using as few pieces of fabric as possible to create a garment – Miyake’s environmental focus – and unveiling new techniques to envelop the body while striving for a better merge of three-dimensional with two-dimensional.

08_Horsehair, Autumn Winter 1990(RGB)ISSEY MIYAKE, Horsehair, Autumn/ Winter 1990, 1990. Photograph: Hiroshi Iwasaki

This section studies closely Miyake’s most known brands and collections – Pleats Please, a brand in its own right that was a result of Miyake’s pursuit of devising a new way of pleating fabrics and this technique will be also actively presented to the audience, 132 5 which is a collection a collection of garments that can be folded into flat geometrical pieces that are then brought to life by the movement of the body they cover, and A – POC  – where the abbreviation stands for “a piece of cloth” and depicts items made of a tubular piece of of knit fabric and reduced the production waste to virtually zero.

Miyake’s impressive career spans over nearly half a century and the exhibition celebrates his consistent focus on the future and perceiving the clothes design as an integral part of everyday life. He always created with that in mind exploring the relationship between the clothes and the body and pushed for new solutions looking into the future.

The curators of the exhibition hope to equally push the visiter to challenge their notions of art and fashion and fuel their own creativity through being inspired by “the joy of creation”.

by Magda Pirowska

Featured cover photograph: ISSEY MIYAKE, Flying Saucer, Spring/ Summer 1994, 1993  Photo: Koji Udo

The exhibition will also be accompanied by its own catalogue featuring photographs of every work by Miyake taken by Hiroshi Iwasaki.

MIYAKE ISSEY EXHIBITION – The Work of Miyake Issey is on until June 13 at The National Art Center, Tokyo(Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan), Special Exhibition Gallery 2E 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558

Miu Miu Presents Seed – the Latest in Their Short Film Series Women’s Tales

Miu Miu, the fashion label led by Miuccia Prada, has commissioned a series of short movies applauding various accomplished, talented women.

Naomi Kawase_ph Brigitte Lacombe_05bw-1Naomi Kawase photographed by Brigitte Lacombe

Women’s Tales are ten moving portraits depicting women’s “love affair with Miu Miu” and present different realities, backgrounds and moments of life.

SEED_ph. Leslie Kee_08Action shot from Seed. Photograph: Leslie Kee

All features have been created by independent, up – and – coming female filmmakers including Zoe Cassavetes, Lucrecia Martel, Giada Colagrande, and Massy Tadjedin. The latest picture to be presented as part of the series is Seed by Naomi Kawase which explores the notions of inspiration and mindful synchronicity with the environment surrounding us.

by Magda Pirowska

The film will be shown at a world’s premiere in New York today, with trailer being available to public at Miu Miu website.

Welsh National Opera Unveils Unique Musical Event

The Welsh National Opera celebrates its 70th birthday and the centenary of Battle of the Somme with the world premiere of a new opera In Parenthesis. A commemoration of one of the most important battles of WW1, the play is an adaptation of a poem by David Jones and has been commissioned by the Nicholas John Trust with 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary.

parenthesis 1David Antrobus and Emma Jenkins. Photo by David Massey

Composer Iain Bell and director David Pountney worked with conductor Carlo Rizzi to create a unique commemoration of the events of the Battle resulting in a unique narrative of wartime that is both suggestive and true to the events and gentle, subliminal and otherworldly. Co-librettists David Antrobus and Emma Jenkins have contributed to unveiling full musical potential and richness of In Parenthesis.

Iain Bell’s bold use of various musical styles – traditional Welsh folk songs, marching rhythms, fanfares and beautiful melodies – makes for a unique musical masterpiece fitting with the transcendent emotions carried by the original text. The final result is an opera that conveys the notions of hope, rebirth and a general lesson in mindful rememberance.

parenthesis 2Iain Bell. Photo by David Massey

Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW, said, “We are delighted to be partnering with WNO in bringing David Jones’ epic poem In Parenthesis to the stage.  At 14-18 NOW we commission artists to create contemporary responses to the First World War, connecting audiences across the UK with the centenary. Iain Bell’s opera will bring to life the story of these young soldiers at Mametz and the horrors they faced.”

parenthesis 4David Jones. Photo courtesy of The Estate of David Jones.

The costumes and staging were designed by Robert Innes Hopkins and are both historically accurate and mystical. The principal role of Private John Ball will be created by tenor Andrew Bidlack and furthermore notable performers gracing the stage in In Parenthesis are Mark Le Brocq, Donald Maxwel, Alexandra Deshorties, Graham Clark, Marcus Farnsworth, George Humphreys and Peter Coleman-Wright.

In a bid to bring the opera to as wide an audience as possible, the WNO will create an extensive programme of digital, youth and community projects. In February, the WNO will launch a digital platform. The platform will feature a series of episodes that will explore the background to the WNO’s In Parenthesis, the author of this epic war poem as well as other supporting content.

Other performances of In Parenthesis will be streamed live and free here from July 1 for six months on the platform and ARTE TV website. Members of the WNO will also engage in an extensive youth programmes including writing workshops, staging mini operas and other performances nationwide. In additional the National Museum Cardiff’s War Hell will support the endeavor with their The Battle of Mametz Wood in Art Exhibition and the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff will display a digital, interactive Installation commissioned by WNO.

by Magda Pirowska

Following its world première at Wales Millennium Centre (May 13, 7.15 pm) and further performances in Cardiff (May 21 and June 3), the work will tour to Birmingham and to London, as part of WNO’s annual residency at the Royal Opera House. A special performance at the Royal Opera House on Friday 1 July, 7.30pm will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme.

The project is supported by Colwinston Charitable Trust, the Jane Hodge Foundation, the Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charity, the Kirby Laing Foundation, the John S Cohen Foundation and the 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust, European Commission’s Creative Europe programme, The Royal Opera and Opera Europa.