Written by Ian Thompson | 20 February 2017
The International Fashion Showcase is a series of specially-commissioned and curated fashion installations featuring work by emerging international designers. This year will include designs from Chile, India and Russia, Eastern & Western Europe, Central and South America, Africa and Asia giving press and visitors the opportunity to discover new talent from global young designers.
Bonaveri has previously participated as the official supplier of mannequins for the event and will again support the International Fashion Showcase as part of their young talent initiatives. 50 mannequins and bust forms are taking part in the event, including 37 ‘Schläppi 2200‘ female and 3 ‘Schläppi 3000‘ male mannequins along with 10 ‘Compuline’ bust forms. The mannequins and bust forms are provided to participants and used by each country’s curator to enable designers to showcase their work.
Each country will follow a theme – this year curators and designers explore the notion of fashion in a ‘Local/Global’ context, reflecting how fashion is influenced by its surroundings. Shifts in political, environmental, social and cultural factors determine how fashion is manifest amongst designers and ultimately worn by society. 13 of the rooms will be dedicated to each participating country, with a further 2 rooms showcasing the Next In Line and International Designer Exchange Programme exhibitions.
Visitors can expect to see Schläppi 2200 mannequins amongst panels of stretched agricultural tarpaulin, neat stacks of bricks and elegant hanging fabric panels dyed with London clay. Studio Toogood is the event installation designer and has transformed the West Wing Galleries at Somerset House for the event.
Once again, Bonaveri is the sponsor of the ‘Next In Line’ section, curated by Shonagh Marshall and which will feature designers from nine countries including Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, South Africa, Switzerland, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.
An award ceremony took place on the 19th February for the winning Country, Designer, and Curator. Results and images from the event will be posted soon on our blog.
International Fashion Showcase 2017
17 – 21 February 2017