Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi - Exhibition

De.Fash.Struction

1971 Design Space

07 Oct 201526 Dec 2015

The exhibition De.Fash.Struction explores ways of documenting the United Arab Emirates’ rich cultural heritage through the medium of contemporary fashion, employing the techniques of deconstruction.

In their newly commissioned projects for this exhibition, the designers document the country’s story through a detailed process of research. They took inspiration from features of the local environment such as the coastline, as well as native agricultural methods, the desert way of life, indigenous architecture and Emirati dress codes and cuisine.

The designers also researched craft skills, highly prized in the UAE; these include talli, safeefa and sadu. They also examined traditional cultural practices including fishing, sailing, pearling, falconry, the cultivation of date palm trees and horse and camel racing.

The exhibited designs takes these cultural narratives as source material using the deconstruction technique. Deconstruction in fashion implies an undoing of the structure of a garment, a refusal to ‘finish’ it. It suggests working with subtractions or displacements and a rethinking of the function and meaning of the garment itself, which might even appear to be coming apart. Deconstruction techniques enable a dialogue with the past that allows designers to imagine new futures. A recurring motif of deconstruction fashion is the reversal of the relation between the body and the garment and the use of humble or recycled materials. It challenges the relationship between memory and modernity, the enduring and the ephemeral. Garments call attention to the mechanics of their production which in turn becomes a process of analytic creation.

The exhibition includes womenswear, menswear, abayas, jewellery, leather goods, accessories, shoes, bags, textile design and installation. Documentation of the  designers’ research and design process will also be shown. De.Fash.Struction will feature the work of emerging and established designers based in the UAE, the Gulf region and beyond.

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Curators

Khulood Thani

Special Events

Destination: Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi
Where: 1971 Design Space
Type: Talk

Panel Discussion with the designers:
Khulood Thani
Nadine Kanso
Faisal El Malak
Fatema Fardan
Moderated by May Barber, co-founder of The Cartel.

Destination: Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi
Where: 1971 Design Space
Type: Workshop
Admission: Booking

Unstuck

Destination: Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi
Where: 1971 Design Space
Type: Talk

Sally Denton explains about the social development programme” Bidwa”

Destination: Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi
Where: 1971 Design Space
Type: Film Screening

Fashion and Film: Deconstructing the Relationship

Contacts & Details

OPENING:
mon, tue, wed, thu, sat, sun 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; fri 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

ESTABLISHED:
2015

SPACE:
332 m2

T: +971 6 528 4644 M: info@1971design.ae W: 1971 Design Space
ADDRESS:
Flag Pole, The Flag Island Sharjah, UAE