When Art is in Fashion
January 31, 2017
"How in God’s name can anybody wear that?”
That’s what Lynda Hartigan, deputy director of the Peabody Essex Museum, says she expects many visitors to think when they see the garments on display in the museum’s “WOW® World of WearableArt.™” Hartigan curated the exhibition, which opens on Feb. 18.
Three shows in the area this winter will likely prompt that question. That’s the canny trick of wearable art: It makes us think about art in relation to our own bodies, sometimes in uncomfortable or hare-brained ways.
“WOW®” highlights the outlandish concoctions of a host of international designers, artists, and others who made a splash in the annual wearable art competition in New Zealand for which the show is named. The aim: to be as creative as possible, using the body as a canvas.