AP Talks with Judith Clark, Exhibitions Curator at The Barbican
Presenting the second interview in our series ‘AP Talks’; a series which focuses on one extraordinary individual each month and that strives to celebrate and empower women. This interview features Judith Clark: Curator, Exhibition Maker and University Professor and goes hand-in-hand with our sponsorship of The Barbican Centre’s exhibition, The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined,
Judith is currently Professor of Fashion and Museology at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London. She has curated numerous acclaimed exhibitions including Spectres: When Fashion Turns Back, V&A, 2005; Anna Piaggi: Fashion-ology, V&A 2006; Chloé. Attitudes, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2012; and recently the inaugural exhibition at La Galerie, Louis Vuitton, Asnieres. She also lectures widely on issues of dress display and fashion.
The Vulgar, where our Varvarra playsuit is currently on display, takes fascinating literary definitions of ‘the vulgar’ as a starting point and includes a wealth of over 120 stunning exhibits from the Renaissance through to the 21st century. Weaving together historic dress, couture and ready-to-wear fashion, textile ornamentation, manuscripts, photography and film, this carefully crafted installation illustrates how taste is a mobile concept: what was once associated with vulgarity is re-conjured by designers to become the height of fashion.
Watch our interview with Judith below where we ask her about how ‘Vulgarity’ has changed the concept of women’s fashion and who has inspired her to become the woman she is today.