Undress: Redress – Fashioning Science
08 February 2012 - 07 April 2012
Science and fashion collide in this new exhibition at Arts Centre Washington. Entitled Undress:Redress, the exhibition aims to celebrate the fashions of the future, featuring designs by creative artist Helen Schell and designer Gareth Pugh.
Featured in the exhibition is Helen Schell’s UN-Dress, a vibrant ball gown made from thermoplastic that dissolves on contact with water; her space age Rocket Dress is made from the same material and decorated with rocket images made using various materials and her Dazzle Dress is made entirely from fluorescent safety jackets.
Gareth Pugh’s dazzling Electroluminescent Dress is made from printable electronic material and has featured on catwalks and TV adverts. Sunderland born clothes designer Gareth has a reputation for creating extravagant and ornate clothing and has designed costumes for the likes of Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue.
Undress:Redress is a collaborative project by Durham University, NETPark, Science Learning Centre North East, Arts Centre Washington, Procter and Gamble, Velcro, Newcastle Science Festival and the County Durham Development Company with thanks to Richard Kirk of Polyphotonix. It has been part-financed by the European Union’s ERDF programme.
The Embedding the Benefits of Innovation Project is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government, securing £0.49m ERDF investment. The ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-13 is bringing over £300m into the North East to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region.