M°BA: Fetish in fashion


For the fifth edition of the M°BA (Fashion Biennale Arnhem) it’s curator and worldwide trendwatcher Lidewij Edelkoort that selected this year’s theme: Fetishism in Fashion. The Biennale feature a series of exhibitions and events which explores and charts the passionate relationship the public has with fashion and accessories. We are literally connected to and enthralled by fashion which uses human fetishism in its design.

Lidewij on Fetishism in Fashion: “As a devotee of clothing and textiles in particular; I decided to analyze and dissect our obsession with fashion by dedicating a theme to the phenomenon of fetishism. An analysis of our desire to know and express ourselves; from covering and veiling to the most eccentric extremes which the desire for beauty can lead to. I wanted to look for the strong links which exist between an item of clothing and the wearer; the passion which can be caused by a pair of shoes or the emotional experience which the tactility of a textile can give us.”

The biennale shows different perspectives of fetishism and is not only sexually driven. A few of my highlights during the press opening on the 7th of June.

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