Fashion Drive at Kunsthaus Zurich


An exhibition opening at Kunsthaus Zurich on 20th April will explore 500 years of fashion through the prism of artists’ works. Fashion Drive. Extreme Clothing in the Visual Arts will look at how style and design respond to changing times how painting, installation, drawing and sculpture as media depict key changes in fashion history.

This show will give an overview of the critical examination of clothing in art including central themes such as globalisation through ‘fast fashion’. It will span a period running from 18th century to the start of the 20th century with incursions into the Renaissance and the present day.

Fashion Drive. Extreme Clothing in the Visual Arts will consider the tipping points in design and will examine how did artists react to radical changes such as slashed clothing, crinolines and the dinner jacket. Highlights will include works by Joseph Beuys, Leigh Bowery, Salvador Dalí, Gustav Klimt, Peter Lindbergh, Malcolm McLaren & Vivienne Westwood, Mai-Thu Perret, Tula Roy and Christoph Wirsing, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Andy Warhol among many others.

Image: William Larkin, Portrait of Diana Cecil, later Countess of Oxford, um 1614 −1618, Oil on canvas, 120 x 206 cm, Suffolk Collection, Kenwood House