A Moveable Feast. Art Deco Fashion Design from Alexandre Vassiliev’s Collection
|Location:||Kumu exhibition spaces|
3rd floor, B-wing
The significant and elegant exhibition The Moveable Feast. Art Deco Fashion from Alexandre Vassiliev’s Collection will open at the Kumu Art Museum on 11 October.
The exhibition based on the collection of Alexandre Vassiliev (1958), a fashion historian, interior designer and scenographer well known in Europe, focuses on the decade of spiritual and corporal liberation that followed World War I. The exhibition is comprised of 80 costumes and more than 200 accessories, as well as photos and paintings, all illustrating the development of European fashion in the inter-war period (1918–1939), when Art Deco was the dominant style.
The drastic changes in women’s fashions were most apparent in dress lengths, which became ever shorter in the years between 1918 and 1925, finally only reaching the knees and shocking many old-fashioned people. Fashion was dominated by muslin dresses with low necklines decorated in daring sequins. Typical accessories included elegant handbags and evening bags, original hats that often resembled helmets, huge and colourful fans made of ostrich feathers, Bakelite compacts, shiny cigarette holders, and brooches decorated with imitation jewels and miniature lorgnettes.
Alexandre Vassiliev has published almost 40 books about fashion history in numerous languages, has produced documentary films, has worked as an educator and has developed various fashion projects. He has given lectures and held seminars on fashion throughout the world. Exhibitions of the fashions from his Art Deco collection have been on display before in Paris, Sydney, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Istanbul, Moscow, Riga, Vilnius and Kaunas.
The exhibition is taking place in cooperation with the Alexandre Vassiliev Foundation.
The exhibition is accompanied by the book The Moveable Feast. Art Deco Fashion from Alexandre Vassiliev’s Collection
The exhibition is supported by the Viru Keemia Grupp (VKG)
We thank: Kaubamaja, Data Print, MOOD and FashionStep
Project manager: Marion Piirmets
Assistant: Triin Tulgiste
Exhibition designers: Marion Piirmets and Ursula Sõber
Graphic designer of the exhibition and book: Kätlin Tischler
Exhibition visuals are available from the Art Museum of Estonia digital collection.
The Moveable Feast. Art Deco Fashion from Alexandre Vassiliev’s Collection will be open on the third floor of the B-wing of the Kumu Art Museum until 18 January 2015.
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When visiting the exhibition “A Moveable Feast. Art Deco Fashion Design from Alexandre Vassiliev’s Collection” on the museum’s 3rd floor (B-wing), please leave any bags bigger than 20 × 30 cm in a locker next to the cloakroom. Please do not bring a baby carriage into the exhibition hall.