Carine Roitfeld opens her first museum exhibition
The Savoir-Faire: Mastering Craftsmanship in Fashion exhibition, specially curated by Carine and Adrian Cheng, explores the importance of fashion preservation and pays tribute to the know-how of the world’s most legendary designers. The display includes haute couture and ready-to-wear works, rare items from the K11 Craft & Guild Foundation, and taps into the next generation of design. It opens on December 13 at the K11 Art & Cultural Center in Victoria Dockside in Hong Kong.
âThroughout history, editors have used magazine pages as a canvas to bring fashion’s most extraordinary ideas and designs to life,â said Carine.. “Using an editorial approach to storytelling and visual travel, this exhibit will showcase some of the most exemplary cases of the craft in a way that we hope will motivate a deep appreciation for the history and heart of fashion among the next generation These young visitors are inspiring the future of our industry, and I hope our work serves to stimulate their imagination, creativity and commitment to keeping fashion’s most important techniques alive. “
Savoir-Faire is the latest project in Carine and Cheng’s collaborative friendship, following the launch of the K11 Original Masters webinar series last year that spotlights renowned craft leaders at homes like Chanel and Dior. Cheng founded the K11 Craft & Guild Foundation (KCG) in 2019 as an arts and culture charity in Hong Kong, with an emphasis on the preservation of traditional Chinese crafts, education and l exchange of ideas, as well as future developments in design. Its K11 Group brand, founded in 2008, embraces innovative businesses in retail, luxury residences and workspaces through a unique and informed global perspective of the creative consumer experience.
âThrough understanding craftsmanship – the transmission of tradition, ideas and techniques between societies and culture – fashion has created deeply collaborative relationships of connection and exchange,â said Cheng. “I am delighted to be working with Carine to bring a powerful illustration of the power of crafts and craftsmanship so that we can also collectively celebrate her innovation for the future. Together we present this unprecedented exhibition in Asia for the first time to rejuvenate Hong Kong’s cultural landscape.
Savoir-Faire: The mastery of craftsmanship in fashion is thematically and immersively organized, showcasing valuable cultural artifacts from fashion houses such as Balenciaga, Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Iris van Herpen, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, Valentino, Richard Quinn, and Tom Van der Borght. Guests of the exhibition will also have the opportunity to
delve into the pages of Carine’s iconic fashion editorials.
The commissioners will organize celebrations of the project in their hometown, from December 10 at the historic HÃ´tel de Crillon in Paris with close friends of Carine and solidarity creators. Cheng will host a launch event titled âK11 NIGHTâ on Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Dockside promenade and connect with Paris via a live broadcast in a global toast to cultural evolution and historic art. A portion of the proceeds from the Hong Kong event will be donated to UNESCO and the K11 Craft & Guild Foundation for its fashion and craft conservation efforts.
Produced by CR Studios, Savoir-Faire: Mastering Craftsmanship in Fashion opens its doors from December 13, 2021 to February 14, 2022 at the K11 Art & Cultural Center, located at K11 MUSEA. Visit www.k11musea.com/happenings for more information on the exhibition.