Text by Gary Scott, MA Art and Science, Central Saint Martins
Fashion is an area that has held a special fascination for me, ever since I first saw Alexander McQueen’s work and the theme of ‘the vulgar’ immediately drew my interest – my sculptures have been described as sexy, playful and macabre so you can see the attraction…
This exhibition was conceived by UAL’s very own Judith Clark (Professor of Fashion and Museology at LCF and Course Leader for MA Fashion Curation) in conjunction with psychoanalyst Adam Phillips. The show has generated a lot of buzz within the industry so being able to attend this Postgraduate Pop Up Common Room event was a real treat.
The word vulgar has become associated with violence and divisiveness and the curators wanted to address this and the language around the term. From a starting point of ‘commonplace or everyday’ around the time of the Renaissance, it’s come to stand for excess, extravagance and commercialism to sexualisation and the kitsch and much else besides.