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Made in Mexico, Fashion and Textile Museum, London

Mexico has had a long and tumultuous history that has contributed to the making of it as such an iconic country. From ancient pre-hispanic people to the urban modernity of its contemporaries, the vast array of influences that have been adopted by its citizens has created a uniquely Mexican worldview and way of life. Now placed as an ‘emerging power,’ the country’s enduring recognition of its traditions, alongside a simultaneous ability to embrace the future, makes for an intriguing society.

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5 To See This Weekend

This weekend is full of fascinating exhibitions, utilising all sorts of media. Sebastian Errazuriz uses a 3D printer to create his sculptures, while Sonic Social in Sydney harnesses sound to create site-specific works and Stan Douglas’ Mise en scène blurs the line between photography, performance and film. Marina Abramović continues the 512 hours she’ll spend in the Serpentine this summer, using her body and her presence as media. In New York, Some Artists’ Artists brings together work in a variety of media, chosen by some of the most influential artists working today.

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Interview with Anya Oderyakova and Olya Korsun, Directors of Synesthesia

Synesthesia is a combination of interactive digital innovation and timeless fashion. Teaming up with Fred Perry for the Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, the website is an exploration of the phenomena of synesthesia, when one sensory response induces a sensation in another. The product of Olya Korsun, Anya Oderyakova and Poon Sap’s creative thinking, the team intend to both entertain and educate visitors to the website. We speak to Fashion Director, Anya Oderyakova, and Art Director, Olya Korsun, about the initiation of the project and how to match colours with sounds. 

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Aesthetica Art Prize Announces £5,000 for the Main Prize Winner

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world and offers artists the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world. This year the Main Prize winner, as chosen by an impressive panel of judges including curators, artists and the Editor of Aesthetica Magazine, Cherie Federico, will be awarded £5,000 prize money courtesy of Hiscox – presenting career-boosting opportunities for the artist.

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Aesthetica Art Prize: Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Art Prize, which is now open for entries, is an annual award given by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine, distinguished by its dynamic content, merging compelling critical debate and stunning images, to engage with all aspects of visual art and culture. The Aesthetica Art Prize celebrates excellence in art from across the world and offers both budding artists and established practitioners the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world.

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Aesthetica Issue 59 June/July Out Now

Aesthetica Issue 59 is now available to purchase online and in stores internationally. The new edition explores the idea of the unexpected and the notion that what actually happens is different from what was originally planned. Inside this issue, we start with Barbara Kruger’s new major site-specific installation at Modern Art Oxford, alongside her iconic 1980s paste-ups that continue to critique our consumerist culture.

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Free Range 2014, The Old Truman Brewery, London

The creative hub of East London, the Old Truman Brewery arts and media quarter on Brick Lane, plays host once again to Europe’s largest graduate art, design and fashion show, Free Range. The exhibition showcases the breadth of work being produced by the UK’s army of young creatives – both to the public and to the creative industries on the look-out to spot rising new talents.

10 Degree Shows To See

Degree Show season is upon us once more and art students up and down the UK are in the process of preparing their final projects for examination. The concluding exhibitions offer a public audience an insight into the brightest new talents at work in the art industry. From Edinburgh to Plymouth, London to Norwich, Aesthetica takes a look at the best emerging artists.

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Interview with Priory of Ten Director, Mei Liu

Mei Liu is the Design Director of fashion house Priory of Ten. Born in Northern China, Liu has lived in Canada and the USA. Priory of Ten was formed in 2012 and aims to produce quality pieces exuding harmony and balance. Before she moved into fashion, Liu worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) after acquiring a business degree from the University of Toronto. She speaks to Aesthetica about her future collections and the impact of her education upon her design work.

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The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Continues for One More Month

Today there is one month left to visit the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space. Featuring eight artists working in media from photography to film and painting to installation, the show represents the breadth and quality of work being produced today in the UK and internationally. The finalists hail from New Zealand, Chile, Germany, Italy and Britain; and the works of a further 92 international artists is displayed on monitors with the gallery. To celebrate this landmark exhibition in contemporary international art, we highlight works within the Video, Installation and Performance category, which can all be viewed here via YouTube and Vimeo.

Review of Araki by Araki, Taschen

Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki (b. 1940) has spent the entirety of his life capturing the female form. With his wife as his central muse, the artist has shot over 250 books of women, flowers and city landscapes. Unconcerned with taking photographs for a commercial purpose, Araki is content to just show his final works to friends and he prefers to aim his lens at the things he loves and the places he is familiar with. However, his art is due to be appreciated by many more people as an overview of his provocative practice is now documented in Taschen’s Araki by Araki. 

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Interview with Fashion Designer Karen Mabon

Karen Mabon’s designs are beautiful, bold and brash. All hand-illustrated, her silk scarves combine delicate drawing with playful and quirky aesthetics. With designs that cover everything from a British garden to a stationary cupboard, Mabon transforms everyday clothing into works of art. Her pieces have appeared in the likes of Cosmopolitan, Elle UK, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and she also produces clothing and jewellery. We speak to Mabon about her journey into the fashion industry and her favourite designers.

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Interview with Fashion Designer Isabel Wong

Bringing together simplicity, contemporary design and experimental form, Isabel Wong is a luxury womenswear designer based in London. Interested in translating  conceptualism into wearable products, Wong is often inspired by paradox and enigma. She is also concerned with innovation and sustainability and often utilises unusual materials in her pieces. Aesthetica speaks to Wong about her design process and British fashion.

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NOISE Festival Open for Entries

NOISE Festival is now open for entries. The award-winning national arts charity has announced an outstanding line up of Curators to handpick online entries for the 2014 event, including fashion designer Giles Deacon, games legend Ian Livingstone CBE (Tomb Raider), architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw (Eden Project), pioneering musician Brian Eno, acclaimed cartoonist Gerald Scarfe CBE (Pink Floyd’s The Wall), cult horror film writer Clive Barker, photographer Elaine Constantine, and arts broadcaster Tim Marlow (White Cube Gallery) and more.

Interview with Fashion Photographer and Filmmaker Kourtney Roy

Kourtney Roy’s striking fashion photography is currently on the cover of Aesthetica. Roy began her career with the intention of becoming a painter. However, after taking a photography course she quickly found a passion for the instantaneous nature of this art form, enjoying being able to immediately capture a scene as it was unfolding. The photographer was born in Ontario, Canada and now lives in France, and her images draw on a large selection of artists such as Jeff Wall, Guy Bourdin, Stephen Shore and Francis Bacon. This year the Aesthetica Short Film Festival launches a Fashion Film strand and Roy has also produced a number of these glamorous short films. She speaks to us about her narrative construction and the benefits of fashion film.

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Hello, My Name is Paul Smith at the Design Museum London

Newly extended due to popular demand is the exhibition at London’s Design Museum, Hello, My Name is Paul Smith, that will run until 22 June. Looking at the work of this British Designer, the exhibition highlights at the impressive selection of work from this iconic men’s wear designer.

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Aesthetica Issue 58 April/May Out Now

Aesthetica Issue 58 April/May is now available online and in stores. We are at a particularly good time for artistic output. It’s not a coincidence that this reflects the extraordinary things that are happening in the world. The first 14 years of this millennium have progressed so exponentially, it’s simply staggering. It’s a moment of reflection, but also one of anticipation; the artists of today are helping us to make sense of it all.

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International Festival of Fashion & Photography – Hyères

Running for nearly 30 years, the International Festival of Fashion & Photography – Hyères returns 25 – 28 April. Conceived by director Jean-Pierre Blanc back in 1985, the event combines fashion and photography competitions. Every year the glamorous show brings together 1o emerging fashion designers and 10 young photographers under the patronage of an international jury, highlighting some of the most important practitioners working in the visual arts today.

OBEY Collaborates with Artist Deedee Cheriel

Visual artist, Nalini “Deedee” Cheriel, has teamed up with OBEY clothing to produce a unique fashion collection. The artist started out creating record covers and T-shirts for the Oregon music scene in the early 1990s and has since gone to become an acclaimed practitioner. Her bold and colourful designs now adorn several sweatshirts, vests and t-shirts for OBEY, making for a stand-out item in anyone’s wardrobe.

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The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014 at the V&A

Stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor became style ambassadors for Italian fashion in the 1950s and 1960s and this exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum aims to trace the history of Italian Glamour from 1945 to the Present day. Told by the companies that contributed to the glamour, on display will be around 100 ensembles and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses including Simonetta, Pucci, Sorelle Fontana, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Prada and Versace, through to the next generation of fashion talent.

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Vee Speers: Bordello, The Little Black Gallery

Opening next week on 4 March at The Little Black Gallery, London, is a new exhibition from Australian artist Vee Speers. Bordello is a searing vision of Parisian decadence, taking inspiration from the interiors and vibrancy of the city in the 1920s and 1930s. Shot on location in Paris, Speers’ work is set against the backdrop of surviving bordellos, where the lavish interiors have been preserved. Her photographs provide a seductive exploration of the female form and are produced using a hand-rendered Fresson charcoal process, lending Speer’s images an authentic quality.

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Mercedes Benz Kiev Fashion Days AW14

Showcasing an international comprehension of design, Mercedes Benz Kiev Fashion Days were back this season to celebrate their second year at London Fashion Week. Almost functioning as a taster menu the designers were stacked eclectically back to back. The talent came from emerging designers such as: Anna K, Lara Quint, Lera Leshchova, Paskal, Irina Krasilnikova and Yasya Minochkina.

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London Fashion Week: Belle Sauvage

Cult cool, design duo Virginia Ferreira and Chris Neuman never fail to cause a stir. However this season they have steered away from their archetypal East London look, citing their muse as the refined “Parisian woman”. The show notes told a tale of an “Iconic Parisian woman during the devastation of WWI” although it was immediately apparent that their vision was not one of a victim.

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London Fashion Week: Bernard Chandran

In a city where dining experiences “pop-up”, sales flash, and oysters are a tasteless travel ticket, fashion has had to break from a light jog into a sprint. Ready for submersion into a harsh urban sphere, Bernard Chandran’s AW14 collection channels all of the strongest parts of menswear tailoring, with the cinching and finesse of women’s wear.

Bottega Veneta and Pieter Hugo: The Art of Collaboration

Fashion house, Bottega Veneta, has joined forces with South African photographer, Pieter Hugo, to shoot the Spring /Summer campaign. Every season the new collection is conceived and captured by an exceptional photographer in conjunction within Creative Director Tomas Maier. Other artists to have worked for the house include Alex Prager, Nan Goldin, Sam Taylor-Wood and many more. The Art of Collaboration is a series of films documenting Maier and Hugo’s vision, unifying fashion and art in a stylish and creative film.

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Interview with Artist Johny Dar

Rankin, artist Johny Dar and model and actress, Tuuli Shipster, have teamed up to produce the stunning calendar, Tuuli by DAR. Inspired by the artist’s art series, DAR the BOOK, Dar hand-painted his designs directly onto Tuuli’s body, transforming her into twelve different forms that were captured by Rankin. Dar cast his beautiful designs across Tuuli’s bare skin, tailoring every brush stroke to her body, and to her emotional response to each colour and pattern. Aesthetica speaks to the artist about his approach to this unique project and his plans for the future.

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Read Aesthetica on Your iPad, iPhone and Android Devices

You can now read Aesthetica Magazine wherever you are with our new digital subscriptions accessible via iPad, iPhone and Android devices. A bi-monthly publication, Aesthetica brings you the latest news in contemporary art and culture. It is the ultimate destination for discovering industry developments, ground-breaking exhibitions and world-class artists.

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Aesthetica Issue 57 February/March Out Now

Experimentation is the key component to innovation. It’s essential to try new things and to gather your inspiration from as many sources as possible. This means that you have to step outside of your comfort zone from time to time, and engage with something that you might not normally encounter. Inside Issue 57, we begin with a discussion around the parameters of photography and the role that light, colour and subject play with What Is a Photograph?

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Review of Berlin Fashion Week

Berlin Fashion Week drew to a close on 19 January and Aesthetica takes a look at some of the trends beginning to emerge in streetwear. Bright trade show presented some of the biggest competitors in the casual streetwear market and drew a sharp contrast with the trends appearing at high-end presentations such as Premium and Bread & Butter. It appears that where high-end fashion is rejecting Modernism in favor of a simple lifestyle and clothing to match, casualwear is embracing the technological revolution and the hectic lifestyle to go with it. However, regardless of the ideological differences, there were still some strong similarities throughout. 

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Bread & Butter at Berlin Fashion Week

The Bread & Butter trade show at Berlin Fashion Week demonstrates the importance of the craft behind the garment. The emphasis on heritage, bespoke tailoring and quality was apparent even within the retail environments and visual merchandising. One of the reoccurring interior design elements of the show was reminiscent of classic style Swiss chalets, featuring excessive amounts of animal hides, piles of chopped wood and mounted animal horns. In keeping with this theme, Bread & Butter present a “new gentleman” trend, full of  lumberjack shirts, leather boots and thick knit jumper and hats.

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Berlin Fashion Week: Capsule Trade Show Review

Entering the Capsule trade show at Berlin Fashion Week was like entering the height of shabby-chic. Minimal metal bars displaying clothes stood alongside bare wooden crates, industrial concrete flooring and original brick walls. The interior of this urban factory-style building reflected the trends that would be found in the Spring /Summer 14 collections. Aesthetica takes a look at the trends emerging at the start of Berlin Fashion Week.

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Review of Alaïa at Palais Galliera and Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

Celebrating the reopening of the Palais Galliera, the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris presents a retrospective of fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa, uniting his most outstanding creations. The exhibition is split over two chapters: the first défilé of numerous remarkable exhibits by Alaïa are in the salon and galleries of Palais Galliera, and the second in the Salle Matisse of the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris.

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Artangel Open – Deadline 28 February 2014

Artangel Open is inviting artists working in all media across the UK to submit bold, site-specific proposals that will transform and enrich the UK’s cultural landscape. Championing innovation and creativity is at the heart of this project; a £1 million initiative running in alliance with BBC Radio 4. Deadline for submissions is 28 February 2014.

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5 To See This Weekend

Running into the mid-point of December and with just days to go until the all-important business of Christmas truly begins, this weekend is unquestionably the one to take a breather from the festivities to revel in the best exhibitions still on offer at galleries around the world. From stylish fashion illustration to prize-winning portraits, a cobbled road in Bradford to the streets of Italy, there’s plenty going on this Saturday and Sunday to drag you away from the mince pies and Christmas shopping. Here’s five of the best.

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Art Basel Miami Beach Day Two

The second day of Art Basel Miami Beach is upon us and there are still hundreds of galleries to check out. Participants from Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa make up the impressive list of exhibitors at this year’s event. The different galleries present historical work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as newly created pieces by emerging stars. If you are unsure of what to see today, with such a vast selection on display, check out some of our recommended stands below.

Review of Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset House, London

Exhibitions at Somerset House are always an event, vibrant and full of personality; Fashion Galore! continues along this thread, portraying the life of Isabella Blow (1958-2007) – model, muse, designer and stylist – through over 100 pieces from her own iconic wardrobe.

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Issue 56 December / January Out Now

Issue 56 December / January of Aesthetica is in shops now! In this edition we consider the importance of reflecting upon the things you have done, as well as those you didn’t do and will go on to do in the future. We start with Hello, my name is Paul Smith, which is on now at the Design Museum, London, and looks at the art, fashion and creative ingenuity of one of Britain’s leading designers. We also examine The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945 at MOCAK in Krakow, Poland. At MoMA in New York, European art is also being showcased: Isa Genzken’s installations and sculptures are the subject of a massive retrospective, which surveys the layers of her work.

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Miles Aldridge at the launch of the House of Peroni, London

This November House of Peroni, London, opens its doors to celebrate  Italian style and creativity with Miles Aldridge.  Fashion photographer, Aldridge,  is inspired by Federico Fellini’s era-defining film, 8 1/2, forming one of the centrepieces of the launch. Bringing all the glamour and beauty of Italian contemporary film into this residency of culture and cuisine, the artist helps kick-off 30 days of sizzling style on Portland Place.

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Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion, The Peabody Essex Museum

Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion, is an exhibition of nearly 100 dresses, skirts, gowns and suits that celebrate the innovation of contemporary Japanese fashion designers. The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, will present this stunning collection of clothes from 16 November until 26 January. For decades, designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto have directed both couture and popular fashion, launching a revolution that marks the first time a non-Western culture has significantly transformed the global fashion world.

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Interview with Madelief Hohé, Curator of The Chanel Legend

The designs of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel have influenced and inspired designers for decades. The name Chanel is synonymous with the Paris fashion elite and the modern woman. Now directed by Karl Lagerfeld, the company goes from strength to strength. The Chanel Legend at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag explores the company and the creative directors in an extensive overview. We speak to curator Madelief Hohé about her approach to the Chanel archive and also the continued contribution of Lagerfeld on the industry.