Modemuseum Hasselt is looking for female fashion talent! As part of the Wonder Women exhibition, Modemuseum Hasselt and B-Classic are working with LEKS Compagnie to produce Schoppenvrouw (‘Queen of Spades’), a musical performance in which five iconic women who each represent a specific personal attributewill be portrayed and embodied by solo performer Ekaterina Levental. To heighten the impact of each of these transformations, we are looking for female fashion talent to design a piece of clothing or accessories for each character.
Between 13 April and 15 September 2019, Modemuseum Hasselt will host Wonder Women — the first exhibition ever to be fully devoted to female designers — in cooperation with Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Do female designers work differently to male designers? What impact have female designers had? What does being female mean in terms of their creations? What is their outlook on fashion? The exhibition will feature works by Coco Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin, Elsa Schiaparelli, Mary Quant, Vivienne Westwood, Sonia Rykiel, Miuccia Prada, Maria Gracia Chiuri (Dior) and big Belgian names such as Ann Demeulemeester and Veronique Branquinho.
As part of this exhibition, Modemuseum Hasselt is working with LEKS Compagnie and B-Classic to produce a musical solo performance in which the successful mezzo-soprano, harpist and performer Ekaterina Levental will portray five iconic women who each represent one specific personal attribute: Anne Frank (hope), Maria Callas (intangibility), Ulrike Meinhof (selflessness and intransigence), Marilyn Monroe (naivety) and Dora Gorohovskaya (devotion). Schoppenvrouw will highlight the strength of these iconic twentieth-century women, all of whom were branded with an image they never quite managed to shake off, even though their everyday personas could not be more different. Of course, the other thing uniting these five women is their tragic fate. This musical role play is highly innovative through the unique way in which it brings music, fashion and the feminine together. The clothing worn by each of the characters is not just another accessory: instead, it forms an essential part of the performance. Every time Ekaterina switches roles, she switches her costume — with help from the audience.
Modemuseum Hasselt has decided to launch a competition for female designers as part of its Wonder Womenexhibition, which is set to turn the spotlight on established female designers. Through this competition, the museum is seeking to offer a platform to lesser known, up-and-coming female talent. The winning set of designs will be an essential part of the touring performance by internationally renowned singer Ekaterina Levental, meaning the winner will enjoy unparalleled exposure.