Lidewij Edelkoort ‘s The Fetishism in fashion exhibition at the The Mode Biennale in Arnhem (9 June - 21 July 2013) has 13 thematic rooms ranging from the fundamental need to cover up to the eccentric extremes which take us on the quest for beauty. It explores the intimate links between a garment and person such as; the passion a pair of shoes can generate, the elation the tactility of textiles can bring, or the profound relationship with a particular designer. Shamanism, infantilism, legendism, nudism and nomadism are just some of the intriguing keywords at the core of Fetishism in Fashion. To coincide with the event’s launch, Frame is publishing its first fashion book. Authored by Lidewij Edelkoort with a host of remarkable contributors detailing the richness and versatility of the theme.
Lidewij Edelkoort is an internationally renowned trend forecaster and takes a discerning look at the world of contemporary fetishism to reveal a daring and instinctive future for style and culture.The author investigates topics including the evolution of taste from birth to adulthood, the elevation of shoes through ever-higher heels, the psychology of branding, the effects of infantilism, the power of black, the fetishizing of objects, and our interaction with skin and the body. Essays and interviews include contributions by Andrea Branzi, Sylvia Chivaratanond, Malu Halasa, Susan Piët, Henk Schiffmacher, Valerie Steele, Faye Toogood and Betony Vernon. More than fifty fetishes are illustrated by inspiring visuals from Leigh Bowery, Roland Fischer, Pieter Hugo, Erwin Olaf, Jenny Saville, Sølve Sundsbø, Marie Taillefer, Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek, Marcel van der Vlugt and Carsten Witte. The boundaries of design are stretched in the work of Iris van Herpen, Bart Hess, Pepe Heykoop, Formafantasma and Alexander McQueen. Fetishism in Fashion will be published in June 2013.