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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess

Posted by Elizabeth Mollo on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM

If you happen to be in the Midwest between October 19th, 2013 and April 18th, 2014—or more specifically St. Louis, Missouri, I highly recommend you check out the A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess exhibit at the World Chess Hall of Fame. You may be wondering what chess and fashion have to do with each other, but it turns they go hand in hand. This is explained very eloquently on the WCHF website:

In the game of chess, the queen is considered the most powerful, and often the most unpredictable piece. A queen, both in chess and as an archetype, embodies tradition, yet possesses the creative freedom to redefine the rules established by a patriarchal system.

The exhibit focuses on how the various archetypes of the queen have influenced the most innovative designers of our time and will include pieces from Alexander McQueen, Gianfranco Ferre, Gucci, Hussein Chalayan, Iris Van Herpen, Maison Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, and more. Here are a few images highlighting the amazing pieces that will be shown at the exhibit:


Pam Hogg, SS 2013
  • World Chess Hall of Fame
  • Pam Hogg, SS 2013

M. Zoeter x Iris van Herpen © Capriole Haute Couture 2011
  • World Chess Hall of Fame
  • M. Zoeter x Iris van Herpen © Capriole Haute Couture 2011

Serena Gili 2012
  • World Chess Hall of Fame
  • Serena Gili 2012

Writtenafterwards, Collection #07 SEVEN GODS – Clothes From Chaos SS 2013
  • World Chess Hall of Fame
  • Writtenafterwards, Collection #07 SEVEN GODS – Clothes From Chaos SS 2013

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