Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
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The Fabric of Felicity is the result of a thought experiment: what if we explore the artistic use of clothes outside the context of fashion?
The roles of clothing are manifold, and artists frequently recognize the importance and the possibilities of working with them in playful, subversive, or critical contexts, particularly in how fabric constitutes a «border» between the body and the physical world. Including both foreign and Russian artists, The Fabric of Felicity starts with the history of prozodezhda (industrial clothes), from the first experiments of avant-garde practitioners to the state of the design of the present day. The exhibition focuses on four main topics that are connected to clothes in art: Clothes as metaphor of masses and crowds; clothes as motif of abstract painting and applied arts; the sociological aspect of everyday wear; and clothes and fabrics as an instrument of cultural and sexual identity.