Project Description: 

‘Vulgarity exposes the scandal of good taste’ - Adam Phillips

Curated by Judith Clark in collaboration with psychoanalyst and writer Adam Philips, ‘The Vulgar’ exhibited at the Barbican Centre examines through fashion and definition the ideas, taste levels and various meanings of the word Vulgar.

The Exhibition features over 15 SJ hats for example, a knitted crown beanie, ‘Fuddy Duddy’ and a stuffed teddy bear crown, ‘Cubs’ alongside crowns by SJ / Christian Dior Haute Couture.

Another addition to the exhibition is the SJ / Walter Van Beirendonck oversized red top hat from the ‘Take a Ride’ collection AW 2010-2011 collection. This sits next to pink inflatable lips hat, SJ / John Galliano SS 2005 which was worn regularly by muse Anna Piaggi.

For the exhibition SJ created a Grecian inspired headdress as an extension of the mannequin.

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The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined

Installation image

Barbican Art Gallery, London

13 October 2016 – 5 February 2017

Photo by Max Colson. Courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery, London