Utopian Bodies—Fashion Looks Forward
Liljevalchs, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015-16

Utopian Bodies—Fashion Looks Forward at Liljevalchs was awarded Exhibition of the Year 2015 by the Forum för Utställare, the Association of Swedish Museums.

Utopian Bodies presents over 230 of the world’s most exciting, innovative and thought provoking ideas, objects and videos. The exhibition maps out imaginable futures for the adorned body. How can fashion be harnessed to create a better future? How does fashion relate to the human body, to us as individuals and groups, and the world around us? Presenting fashion’s possibilities and highlighting human creativity, the exhibition aims to inspire visitors to search for their good place, their vision of the future.

Arranged over eleven galleries—Sustainability, Change, Technology, Craft & form, Craft & Colour, Resistance & Society, Resistance & Beauty, Solidarity, Memory, Gender Identity and Love—the exhibition presents a snapshot of what is possible today and where we can be in the future. With many intriguing objects on display, the exhibition invites visitors to embark on a journey through different worlds. The individually designed galleries are inspired by utopian ideas—some realised and others not. But above all, they highlight the social promise of technology and creativity.

Exhibition highlights include iconic objects by Viktor&Rolf, Hussein Chalayan, Christian Dior by Raf Simons, Walter Van Beirendonck, Issey Miyake, Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, Prada, Gucci, Nick Knight/SHOWstudio, Jólan van der Wiel x Iris Van Herpen, Manish Arora, KTZ, Craig Green, Stephen Jones Millinery, KENZO, Acne, Bless, Schiaparelli Haute Couture, Dries Van Noten, Bernhard Willhelm, Naomi Filmer, Sonia Rykiel, Chloé, Massaro, Alexis Themistocleous, Eckhaus Latta, Charlie Le Mindu, Chromat, Gypsy Sport as well as Versace, Maison Martin Margiela and Comme des Garçons amongst many others.

Size: 1400m2
MUSEEA’s Role: Curation, Exhibition Design, Graphic Design, Soundscape    
Photography: Mattias Lindback


Special commissions
Acne Studios, Alina Brane, Altewaisaome, Am-Mainz, Anders Haal, Ann-Sofie Back, Bea Szenfeld, Brodetti Kollekti, Carin Wester, CMMN SWDN, Cooper & Gorfer, David Brask, Elin Ivre & Malin Unga, Emma Dahlqvist, Diana Orving, Gudrun Sjödén, H&M, Hovjuvelerare W.A. Bolin, Ida Klamborn, Ida Sjöstedt, JH Nocturnal, Josefin Strid, Lamija Suljevic, Lina Michal, Maja Gunn, Minna Palmqvist, Mme A–S Dåvik, New Black, Otto von Busch, Patrik Söderstam, Rodebjer, Saina Koohnavard, Sandra Backlund, Smart textiles, This is Sweden, Ubi Sunt, Ulrika Elovsson and Uniforms for the Dedicated.

Director, Liljevalchs: Mårten Castenfors
Curators and Exhibition design: Sofia Hedman and Serge Martynov/MUSEEA
Assistant Curator: Johan Deurell
Exhibition Coordinator, Liljevalchs: Louise Fogelström
Exhibition Assistant, Liljevalchs: Klara Nilsen
Press, Liljevalchs: Margaretha Schön
Press, fashion: Patriksson Communication AB
Production: LjusDesign AB, Presentationsteknik, Rickmer, Dan Svensson
Exhibition design Craft Colour gallery: Orlando Campbell x MUSEEA
Carved wooden mannequin arms: Anastasya Martynova/MUSEEA
Wigs Solidarity gallery: Perry Patraszewski
Wigs Resistance & Beauty gallery: Charlie Le Mindu
Technical Production: Mårten Åhsberg
Sustainability Advisor: Maria Bucher
Exhibition Graphic Design: Serge Martynov/MUSEEA
Text Editors: Johan Deurell, Hanne Eide
Texts Children track: Anna-Klara Mehlich/MUSEEA
Design of Dream Workshop for children: Brodetti Kollective from Konstfack, Stockholm: Vega Määttä Siltberg, Linea Matei, Agnes Nissen och Sigridur Eggertsdottir
Art pedagogy, Liljevalchs: Ulrika Hägglund