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Installation shot of Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson curates The Hepworth Wakefield. Photo: Lewis Ronald. Courtesy The Hepworth Wakefield.
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Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson Curates The Hepworth Wakefield

18 Mar - 18 Jun 2017

This major exhibition saw Jonathan Anderson, one of the world’s most innovative contemporary fashion designers, exploring the human form in art, fashion and design.

A personal selection of sculptures were on display, alongside notable fashion pieces and objects of craft and design, investigating the way the human form has been reconceived by artists and designers across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The selection was shaped by Anderson’s long-standing passion for modern art (from the mid-twentieth century) and the underlying questions of gender that have been posed by his own fashion collections at JW Anderson.

Figurative sculptures by artists including Jean Arp, Louise Bourgeois, Lynn Chadwick, Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, Sarah Lucas, Henry Moore, Magali Reus and Dorothea Tanning are in direct dialogue with fashion pieces by designers such as Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo of Commes des Garçons, Helmut Lang and Issey Miyake.

Anderson collaborated with Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald of 6a architects to present this exhibition, which unfolded across the galleries, offering a series of contrasting experiences for visitors to explore.


‘In this elegant, exciting project, the fashion pieces that Anderson has chosen to isolate and re-contextualise certainly take on a potency and a power to move that transcends the desire and allure of the runway.’ – Vogue

‘There’s no excuse to miss it.’ – Vanity Fair

‘Exceedingly excellent exhibition and well worth the trip up to Wakefield.’ – Susie Lau (@susiebubble)