Hayward Gallery, 8 October 1998 – 11 January 1999
Addressing the Century: 100 Years of Art & Fashion, curated by the writer, curator and film theorist Peter Wollen, brought together over 250 works of art, fashion, photography, theatre design, video and film in celebration of the close relationship between art and fashion throughout the 20th century.
Opening with Henri Matisse’s costumes for the Ballet Russes and designs by Parisian couturier Paul Poiret, the exhibition culminated in a section showcasing the work of contemporary artists, including Lucy Orta, and Ann Hamilton. In addition to the thematic sections, the exhibition included a display of hats and shoes from 1930 to the present that looked at the body as a site for innovation, invention and transformation.
Hadid’s designs made use of the Hayward Gallery’s architecture. In a letter to contributors Comme des Garcon, Exhibition Organiser Fiona Bradley described the designs as ‘dynamic and exciting ... they involve making two catwalk-like platforms on which to display the garments and artworks, extending from the ramp which is an integral part of the Hayward’s design.’