Opening on January 21st at the Design Museum will be the first comprehensive presentation of Hussein Chalayan’s work in the UK. Spanning 15 years of experimental projects, the exhibition explores his creative approach, inspirations and the many themes which influence his work such as cultural identity, displacement and migration.


The spectrum of works displayed will incorporate past and present collections as well as previous art projects and films, with the aim to highlight the diversity of Chalayan’s approach to design over the years. Installations such as the ‘Afterwords’ collection, which explores the notion of wearable and portable architecture, will be exhibited alongside more recent works like the Autumn/Winter ’07 collection ‘Airborne’ in which Chalayan introduced LED technology to clothing, while the short films ‘Temporal Meditations’, ‘Absent Presence’ and ‘Anaesthetics’ will all be featured for the first time in the UK.

From fashion and back
Hussein Chalayan
Design Museum
Shad Thames, London SE1
22 January – 17 May 2009