"I think the way people dress today is a form of artistic expression. Saint Laurent, for instance, has made great art." - Andy Warhol
They say that all good things must come to an end, and with the final event next week marking the release of my new book Art / Fashion in the 21st Century, it's time for it to have a new life with the most important people in the publishing process: the readers. My co-author Alison Kubler and I have had the joy of speaking (and drinking champagne) at events made possible by Louis Vuitton, Coach, Sydney Contemporary, the Queensland Art Gallery, the State Library of Queensland, the Gold Coast Arts Centre and, next week, will conclude our Australian tour with events at Harrolds, Melbourne and, on Thursday evening, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Interestingly, the gallery's director, Nick Mitzevich, last week announced its major international exhibition for 2014: Fashion Icons: From the collection of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, an extensive retrospective presenting over 100 garments of French haute couture dating from Christian Dior's 1947 New Look to today, and curated by the Musee des Arts Decoratifs' Pamela Golbin, who Alison and I interviewed for our book. If Nick's radical reimagining of the traditional fine arts museum hasn't been enough to get you to Adelaide yet (and it should), then this spectacular show surely will.
Alison and I will be in conversation with Nick next Thursday 28 November in the Elder Wing of Australian Art at the gallery (from 6-7.30pm) and afterward will be present to sign books for guests. RSVP is essential, so click for more details. I hope to see you there!
Image: Azzedine Alaia in the 21st Century at the Groninger Museum.