Paper Fashion at The Fashion Museum of Antwerp – Michael James O’Brien reports photos by Zoltan Gerliczki

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Dear Shaded Viewers,

The current show at The Fashion Museum of Antwerp, Paper Fashion (until 16/08/09) seems perfectly timed in the face of the ongoing economic 'crisis'. Why not (as Vreeland might have written) make your own paper clothing out of the daily newspapers instead of reading them. 

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THe show includes remarkable contributions from Issey Miyake, Walter Van Beirendock, Chanel Haute Couture, Anna Piaggi, James Rosenquist, Sandra Buckland and an especially riveting dress with a portrait of performance goddess Kembra Pfahler (from the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) by Travis Hutchinson from 2008.

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Michael James O Brien

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A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.