Disobedient Bodies @ The Hepworth

On Sunday, to complete my recent hat-trick of exhibitions, I visited the Hepworth Wakefield and in particular Disobedient Bodies, the exhibition curated by JW Anderson which brings together sculpture, art, fashion and design showing “how the human form has been reimagined over the course of the last century”.

Its a fantastic exhibition – very visual, interactive, especially photographic and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Below are some of my shots:

Henry Moore reclining figure – 1936
I particularly like the staging with the curtain division of rooms. The dress in the cabinet is Christian Dior c1940s.  Looking through to “Textiles as amour” room.


The forest of oversized sweaters – ironically I turned the wrong way into this room and viewed the exhibition in reverse!


The Clear Ensemble is created using a heat seal technique – no seams! It’s meant to be worn over bare skin or with underwear… think it’s a bit nippy for that sort of exposure in Yorkshire!


This sort of duvet coat is one of the most complex items I’ve ever seen.  It’s stunning.  Highly impractical and possibly claustrophobia inducing, but still stunning.


One of my favourite exhibits – a duvet chair. It’s as comfortable as it looks as visited are invited to take a seat!


Padded calico toile bodice – Comme de Garcons – would create an interesting silhouette.


Tights over metal to create a torso


Much of the sculpture is early / middle 20th century but still remains modern and relevant.


Pleats, please… Issey Miyake – creating pleats after the circular has been cut.

I found it fascinating to view 96 pieces of art / fashion which radially interpret and reinterpret the human form.  Several of the fashion interpretations showcased are radically at odds with my personal tastes (oversizing the body for example), but it always challenging to look at things from a different point of view and I certainly enjoyed this exhibition and can highly recommend it.

Disobedient Bodies runs until mid-June 2017.  Don’t worry if you don’t make it before – the Hepworth building is a splendid display of modern architecture and the permanent display are also worthy of a visit.


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