9 February 2012
by Kendall Martin-Robbins
Reconstruction: Cultural Heritage and the Making of Contemporary Fashion is coming to a close at the Bangladesh National Museum. The exhibition features the work of 7 UK-based designers who use elements of their cultural heritage, traditions and memories in their work, including Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Hussein Chalayan, Osman Yousefzada, Sophia Kokosalaki, Peter Jensen and Marios Schwab.
This is the first time the British Council has partnered with the Bangladesh National Museum, who have provided pieces from their collection of historic jamandis, maslins and royal dress to exhibit alongside Reconstruction. Also presented alongside this is the work of Bangladeshi designers, including Emdad Hoque, Ruby Ghuznavi and Monjulika Chakma. The closing ceremony at the British Council will feature a catwalk of pieces by these designers.
The exhibition ends on February 11th.
The exhibition has been curated by Alison Moloney, British Council London, and designed by Nissen Richards Studio. The graphic design was by studio Kellenberger-White, which developed a new typeface in response to the sharp, angular lines of the exhibition structure. The British Council is delighted to be collaborating with leading high-end mannequin manufacturer Bonaveri who has generously provided 16 Schläppi 2200 mannequins for the exhibition's tour.