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Biennale 20 Installation at Selfridges London

A new window display has launched at Selfridges Oxford Street, London, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Florence's Fashion Biennale, in association with the Barbican's upcoming exhibition, The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined
First staged in September 1996, the Biennale proposed new ways of looking at fashion. International designers including Valentino, Manolo Blahnik, Yves Saint Laurent and Issey Miyake participated in the many curatorial experiments staged around the city already so famous for its museums.

One of the criticisms levelled at the Biennale at the time was that the department store had been brought into the museum. The window installation, created by London-based exhibition-maker Judith Clark and featuring shoes by Manolo Blahnik, is intended as a witty reversal of the event, this time inviting the museum and the gallery into the department store. By doing so it aims to question what the appropriate context for fashion might be today and whether the hierarchies still stand.
The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined runs from 13 October – 5 February at the Barbican. The exhibition explores the challenging but compelling territory of taste in fashion, with contributions from designers including Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Karl Lagerfeld for ChloĆ© and Chanel and Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy.