Chess Goes Couture at Christie’s

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Fashion and chess may not seem the likeliest of allies, but on Tuesday night, the World Chess Hall of Fame previewed its newest fashion exhibit, “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess” at Christie’s Rockefeller Center. Party-goers the likes of Simon Doonan, Cameron Silver, Nadja Swarovski, Suno’s Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty, Stefano Tonchi, Phillip Bloch, and St. Louis’s own Derek Blasberg surveyed and instagrammed the eclectic exhibition, which will be shown in its entirety at the Museum’s St. Louis home base come October.

“There is something fascinating about the game of chess and the queen’s role within it,” explains exhibition curator Sofia Hedman. “She breaks the rules. She does what she wants on the board. When we began to research how this kind of thinking has an influence on fashion – and specifically among the private collection pieces that became the starting point for the show – we knew that there was an important story to tell.” In short, the Queen embodies tradition, but also has carte blanche to push those very boundaries. Is it any wonder she has proven inspirational to countless designers – traditional and avant garde; past and present?

Speaking of… Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hussein Chalayan, Gianfranco Ferre, Maison Martin Margiela, and – perhaps most appropriately – Alexander McQueen, whose Met Museum “Savage Beauty” exhibit Hedman helped curate, are among the many designers featured in the show, that – we can’t help but say – is fit for a queen, indeed.


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