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Talking Vulgar

‘I think vulgarity is a thing just by itself, and for me, it’s put spice in everything I do’ Stephen Jones

Potent, provocative and sometimes shocking, the word vulgar conjures up strong images, ideas and feelings in us all. In The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined, you are invited to think again about exactly what makes something vulgar and why it is such a sensitive and contested term.

‘I am inspired by every, every, everything – especially what is called bad taste, it is a treasure for me’ Christian Lacroix

Using psychoanalyst and co-curator Adam Phillips’ definitions of ‘vulgar’ as a guide, we hear from some of the designers in The Vulgar, including Walter van Beirendonck, Manolo Blahnik, Hussein Chalayan, Stephen Jones, Christian Lacroix and Zandra Rhodes.

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‘I feel very ambivalent about the whole vulgar thing, because vulgar to me is just that…it’s just vulgar, vulgar, vulgar’ Manolo Blahnik

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The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined opens in the Art Gallery on 13 October–5 February 2017.

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