The Concise Dictionary of Dress
28 April – 27 June 2010
Blythe House, London W14
Installed within Blythe House, the working store for the V&A’s vast reserve collections of furniture, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, fashion and fine arts, the exhibition was a journey through a series of ‘definitions’ of a walk-through dictionary of dress.
The exhibition consisted of definitions of selected words chosen for their sartorial, spatial and psychological significance by the psychoanalyst Adam Phillips, and Clark used these definitions as prompts for her 11 installations.
Cast objects and photographs, tableaux of clothing and accessories were arranged amongst the rolling racks and wrapped objects. The structure of the building (both its function and form) were essential to the project.