Ouch! The dresses that would deter the most enthusiastic of models go on display

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 February, 2012, 12:00am


The Louis Vuitton Mansion in Canton Road has stocked up on 'dresses' that not even the most diligent model would want to slip into.

The garments - made of stainless steel, copper, shredded paper and used T-shirts - are part of 'The Art of Dress' exhibition, which opened on Friday and is curated by art consultant Jonathan Thomson.

Three female artists - Yin Xiuzhen from the mainland, and locals Movana Chen and Man Fung-yi - created their art works around the concept that clothes have their own memories and life experiences.

For her collection, Man created metal sculptures moulded from garments she and her family members had worn. They included steel impressions of her cheongsam, clothes her son wore when he was two and a collection of her sisters' dresses.

The reason for her choice of the medium, Man said, was the 'playfulness of light and shadow that are unique to the metal'.

'It's as if [the light and shadow] capture the traces of time,' Man said.

The cocktail party for the exhibition opening attracted not only the usual socialites but also local artists wanting to check out the art works over free-flowing bubbly and canapes.