Last December, D&K, Mode and Mode and Surpllus presented a special Melbourne launch party celebration and performance of D&K LOOK BOOK 2019 and Mode and Mode issue seven at Colour Nightclub on December 11. The event presented a performance of the two publications and the limited-edition ‘covers’ created by D&K (Ricarda Bigolin and Chantal Kirby) following our recent Europe launches.
Image shows D&K special edition garment covers for D&K LOOK BOOK 2019/Mode and Mode issue seven photographed by Agnieszka Chabros. Styling by D&K and Blake Barns, and Hair and Makeup by Xeneb Allen.
Last November, Mode and Mode travelled to Amsterdam and London to launch issue 7, along with D&K LOOKBOOK 2019 (published by Surpllus). The issue presents the text works by D&K from 2012 to present. D&K (Ricarda Bigolin and Nella Themelios) produced writing—including ficto-critical prose, patchwriting, poetry, and screenwriting—to reconstitute components of fashion, such as garments, retail atmosphere and packaging ephemera.
Our Amsterdam launch, hosted by art and theory book store San Serriffe and the critical fashion collective Warehouse, featured a performance of the special edition D&K Covers (created by Chantal Kirby and Ricarda Bigolin) to house Mode and Mode and D&K LOOKBOOK 2019. This was followed by a London launch at Tender Books on December 4.
Image from the Amsterdam launch by Roos Quakermaat.
This month, Mode and Mode participated in the NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair. Our editor, Laura Gardner presented in the symposium Graphic Fashion.
‘Graphic Fashion’ looked at intersections between fashion and graphic design, from the margins to the mainstream. Independent publishers are leveraging their graphic design expertise to make fashion merchandise and capsule collections, as well as launching fashion labels, while experimental fashion designers are making publications that contribute as much to fashion discourse as do their garments. Speakers included Femke de Vries (Amsterdam), i-D Magazine (Australia), Tunica (New York, Paris & Mexico City), and Girls Like Us (Berlin), with moderation by Dr. Ricarda Bigolin.
On Sunday, December 16 we launched our sixth issue of Mode and Mode at ReadingRoom, Melbourne. Mode and Mode six, ‘Art for All’, looks at the longstanding artists’ publication point d’ironie featuring an interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist—point d’ironie co-founder with artist Christian Boltanski and agnès b.—and a foldout poster created in collaboration with Kate Meakin and Jessie Kiely.
This event was generously supported by World Food Books and agnès b, and managing editor of point d’ironie, William Massey.
Mode and Mode invites you to an evening of fashion tv at Longplay cinema. The screening brings together a series of clips from films, artworks, documented performance, performing art and classical fashion shows that document clothing as material on screen with footage by Charles Atlas, Vera Chytilová, Claire Denis, Alexander Kluge, Martin Parr, Éric Rohmer and Cinzia Ruggeri. The screening has been curated by Laura Gardner and Tim Coster, with suggestions from Matthew Linde, Kasia Gorniak, Annie Wu and Rowan McNaught.
The event coincides with the launch of the fifth issue of Mode and Mode, which centres on fashion writer Helen Hessel (1886—1982). Copies of the issue will be available for purchase at the event ($8—cash only).
The fourth edition of Mode and Mode contains a reprint of the lookbook publication Friction / Parade 99, created by Dutch fashion designers Keupr/van Bentm collaborating with Experimental Jetset for Paris haute couture fashion week in 1999. To launch the issue, the exhibition ‘Experimental Jetset – Superstructure’ at RMIT Design Hub hosted a reading by fashion curator Matthew Linde with Laura Gardner from the original Friction / Parade 99 publication; a fictive, poetic timeline that recounts the moments leading up to a fashion show that never took place. Held on the main gallery space of the exhibition, the event reflected on the possibilities of collaboration between fashion and graphic practices and the conceptual potential of writing and publishing in the field of fashion.
Mode and Mode feature as part of the Reading Room at the Bard Graduate Center, New York. Staged by Wendy’s Subway and curated by Some Other Books, a NY-based publisher of artists’ books and multiples founded by artist Kristen Mueller, the project is a platform to promote engagement with artists’ books, periodicals, and other publications.
Reading Room, designed by Studio Giancarlo Valle and curated by Some Other Books with Wendy’s Subway runs from February 23 to July 8, 2018 at the Bard Graduate Center, New York.
Announcing Mode and Mode 4! The issue, ‘fashion without fashion’, features Michiel Keuper of Keupr/van Bentm and a reprint of their project and collaboration with Experimental Jetset, Friction Parade 99, from 1999. A publication as fashion.
‘Mode’ brings together the practices of D&K and Mode and Mode for a one-night only event. Presented throughout Neapoli Wine Bar, the event unfolds in 3 parts: a screening of the D&K film ‘All or Nothing’, produced and edited by artist Kate Meakin; a reading by D&K (www.dolciandkabana.com), and a dramatised dialogue from the Seth Shapiro issue of Mode and Mode, a publication by Laura Gardner and Karina Soraya (read by Laura Gardner and Spencer Lai).
Photo by Layla Cluer