LIVE ARCHIVES began life in 2015 when we held our first series of events in Hackney, London in collaboration with a local vintage boutique and private archive, combining the LIVE ARCHIVES founders' backgrounds as innovative creative consultants with the Hackney boutique's collection of rare directional pre-owned clothing.
Along with other notable collaborators, we explored new angles in past season fashion and redefined what an archive can be for the industry. <<
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HAUT exists to oppose the transience and consumerism of modern fashion culture. As a retail collective, they prize timelessness, identity and individual experience over convention, linearity and normativity.
For their residency with LIVE ARCHIVES, HAUT presented an off space on the theme of desire.
Taking inspiration from Elizabeth Wilson’s 2007 essay ‘A Note on Glamour’, The Circle brought together work by designers including Alexander McQueen,Ann Demeulemeester, Dior Homme, Lanvin, Maison Martin Margiela, Rick Owens and Vivienne Westwood. By choosing to address appearance and apparition through visual codes of reflection and lustre, curator Jeff Horsley revisited the occult associations of glamour’s ancient Celtic roots.
In the words of Yohji Yamamoto, museums are where fashion goes to die. For Yohji Yamamoto Showspace, curator Jeff Horsley chose to display over 60 pieces by Yamamoto on both mannequins and live models. This contemporary interpretation of a couture salon was both a reminder of clothing’s natural connection to the moving body and a commentary on the unfortunate inertia of traditional archive culture.
RED Commes des Garçons was curated by exhibition maker Jeffrey Horsley in tribute to Commes des Garçons’ renowned radicalism. Taking inspiration from a statement in Rei Kawakubo’s Mood 2001 presentation, Horsley opted to eliminate all natural light from the exhibition space to create an uncompromising, provocative setting to display pieces spanning 20 years of the brand’s history.