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February Culture Round-Up

CarréCouture brings you February's cultural highlights and top places to go for creative stimulation.

by Siska Lyssens
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While Man Ray is very well-known in France and beyond – thanks to the seminal work in photography, collage, typology, painting and objects he produced during his time in Paris – the American artist is not as widely known in German-speaking parts of Europe. That is why the Bank Austria Kunstforum decided to stage an exhibition that explores the 'Universal Man Ray', via 150 masterworks of the enigmatic artist, who also worked as an experimental fashion photographer, garnering him a successful career at magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. 

From 14th of February until 24th of June

Lee Miller, Coco Chanel

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Arguably the humblest of modern garments – or, in current terms, the most ‘basic’ – the T-shirt gets pride of place in a new exhibition staged by the Fashion and Textile Museum in South London. In ‘T-shirt: cult – culture – subversion’, the multi-faceted role of the affordable item is highlighted, from its use as men’s underclothing to a symbol of rock’n’roll rebellion. Showcasing Vivienne Westwood’s private collection, as well as recent socially engaged designs, this exhibition traces the 50-year history of the garment through to its 21st-century guises, via more than 100 rare and ground-breaking examples.

From 9th of February until 6th of May

Keith Haring’s ‘Act Against AIDS ‘93’. Photograph by Susan A. Barnett, from her book A Typology of T-Shirts. Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.
Vivienne Westwood backstage protesting by Marta Lamovsek.

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Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen may make waves internationally as furniture designers under the name of Muller Van Severen, the duo always comes back to their home: Belgium. So, even as their most recent offering has made the rounds at Salone del Mobile in Milan last year, there’s still ample reason to present the series of ‘paravents’ at their Antwerp home base, the ever-inspiring gallery Valerie Traan. Titled the Fireworks series, these folding screens, created in close collaboration with Emaillerie Belge, are explorations of a sense of verticality related directly to space, executed with an eye for detail and with artisanal expertise. This month, they will be shown in Belgium for the first time alongside new table designs.

From 1st of February until 17th March
Fireworks - Muller Van Severen - Photo by Roberto Marossi

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The private pool has, in the imagination, taken the connotation of luxury, leisure and lazy lounging. But not very often has a closer look been taken at the residential construction’s architecture – which has an aesthetic as individual as each commissioning client’s personality. In Villa Noailles, the modernist pile in Hyères where the famous fashion and photography competition is held annually, an exhibition looks at the most visually pleasing examples of the private pool – of which the Villa’s version is an early modern example. Immerse yourself figuratively in the architectural devices employed for bathing, in this unique take on contemporary culture’s urge for domestic entertainment.

From 11th February until 18th of March
Alain Capeilleres, copyright Romain Laprade

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Stephanie Specht

A passion for bold graphic creations, a hand at minimal illustrations and an eye for fashion, Stephanie Specht has got it all.


J.W. Anderson Pierce Bag

With its sleek lines, statement pendant and sublime hues, the JW Anderson 'Pierce' bag has become a coveted style accessory.


Blazer Of Glory

As the first month of the year rolls on, we've slowly but surely been getting back into office appropriate attire. Follow our easy one-step way to do this: don a hero blazer.