Dario Calmese, Decolonizing the Gaze: Words and Images as Fashion Provocations
In fact, he is no stranger to our industry, having worked with the CFDA, Public School, and LaQuan Smith, for example, and collaborated with Kerby Jean-Raymond on his groundbreaking Pyer Moss shows.
“I chose artists where the garment is a critical role in the storytelling.” The exhibition, years in the works, came about as Calmese was pondering the ways in which black people have used fashion and garments: “a device of protection, a device of projection, and in a way, a level of armor or a membrane between the gaze that they feel and then what they’re trying to project out into the world,” he says. He was inspired by Kerry James Marshall’s exhibition Mastry at the Met Breuer.
Born 1918?’ Question mark.” Dad laughs. “ ‘U.S. jazz pianist and composer.’ It appears you’re famous, Thelonious.” Monk replies: “I’m famous. Ain’t that a bitch.” Fame meant far less than his art. But he knew it made a difference.