Wednesday 18 April 2018

Inside Arc - new fashion exhibition opening 11th May 2018

A look into the treasure trove collection of designer Jennefer Osterhoudt featuring rarely-seen work from John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.

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Fashion Space Gallery, at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, presents Inside Arc, an exhibition drawing from the rarely-seen garments, accessories and other items amassed into a comprehensive archive by designer Jennefer Osterhoudt and stylist Nick Royal. 

The Arc is a working archive which Jennefer has personally built during her career, and features a lot of work by John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, with whom she worked closely with, as an accessories designer in Paris during the 1990s. Co-created by stylist Nick Royal, the archive keeps growing and features a vast array of vintage items and contemporary designer pieces.

The exhibition highlights the eccentricities and rarities from this working archive, showing elaborate toiles in luxurious fabrics, revealing the complex and labour-intensive techniques used by high fashion to create rarities such as the ‘Evita’ jacket worn by Madonna in her 1994 ‘Take a Bow’ video. 

Each piece in the archive has been collected throughout Jennefer’s career, and life in fashion, from personal items sourced from charity shops, rare handmade invitations, and 100 backstage passes from her 100 shows. Crafted prototypes and toiles that made it into production are being shown alongside images of her own vast shoe collection. 

This constantly expanding collection is regularly used in contemporary shoots and campaigns. It continues to evoke and inspire processes from fashion greats such as Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Sorcha O'Raghallaigh, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. 

Jennefer Osterhoudt said:
“I feel very proud that the collection is being put on display – I’m really happy that it’s no longer sitting in storage. I’m especially excited for people to see excerpts from my ‘Bible’ which has been my main tool throughout my career as an accessories designer, and something I took to my very first interview with McQueen.”

“This collection is my work and my identity - I have always been a hoarder of fashion items and get a thrill out of coming across an Alaïa or Chanel piece in a charity shop. I always brought my treasured finds from San Francisco back to Paris and London and shared them with Galliano, McQueen and the other designers I’ve worked alongside as inspiration. I think, to them, it was really valuable to be able to see the real American culture that they had no access to.”

Nick Royal said:
“I met Jenne when I was an intern in my first year at University. I remember on my first day I found out that she’d worked for Galliano and McQueen and I became totally obsessed with hearing stories about them all - it’s those stories that motivated us to start the archive.”

“There’s a real sense of excitement and inspiration throughout the collection, and lots of pieces that pre-date the internet, like John Galliano’s early work.”

Masterclasses with Jennefer Osterhoudt will be announced in May.

Inside Arc is curated by Polona Dolzan and commissioned by Ligaya Salazar, Director of Fashion Space Gallery.

VENUE: Fashion Space Gallery
Address: London College of Fashion
20 John Prince’s Street, London, W1G 0BJ
DATES: Friday 11 May – Friday 28 July 2018
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