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Monday, 17 June 2013

Checkmate.......A Queen Within

Unusual in the world of the mannequin, I do like a good game of chess to while away long hours posing in the window (sadly not many of my mannequin friends are endowed with the same intellectual qualities). I was most interested then, in the latest project by my dear friends at Proportion London, who have recently created a series of display figures an exhibition within  The World Chess, Hall of Fame in St Louis, Missouri, U.S.

This fascination exhibition does not open until October 2013, however the below images of their press launch give you a sneaky peak at what to expect....

This unique exhibition named ‘A Queen within’ explores the role of the queen within the game and the fashion world. In a game of chess the queen is considered the most powerful and at the same time, the most unpredictable piece. She embodies tradition while simultaneously redefining rules established by a patriarchal system.  This intriguing dichotomy is the inspiration behind the exhibition and the relationship between power, risk-taking, and the queen’s evolving feminine role in chess (and society).    

Produced by an international team of thought-makers, curators, fashion insiders, and chess players. The exhibition focuses on how story telling as well as various archetypes of the queen have constantly captured the imagination of innovative fashion designers. 

Extremely rare pieces from one of the world’s largest private collections of Alexander McQueen’s work will join garments by Gianfranco Ferré, Gucci, Hussein Chalayan, Iris van Herpen, Maison Martin Margiela, Viktor and Rolf and approximately 20 other designers known for their daring work. 
The story of each persona – its powers, its weaknesses, its significance, its sacrifice – is told through examples of fashion, photography, film and artwork.

The exhibition is open from October 19th 2013 to April 18th 2014 at The World of Chess in St. Louis, Missouri.For more information please visit http://www.worldchesshof.org/exhibitions/exhibit/a-queen-within/

view museum and exhibtion display figures please visit

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