THIS PAST FALL THE EXHIBITION “The Overworked Body: An Anthology of 2000s Dress” conceived by curator and writer Matthew Linde and organized with Saim Demircan and David Lieske, took place at two New York Chinatown spaces: Ludlow 38, where Demircan is a curatorial resident, and Mathew Gallery, which Lieske owns. Evoking “Fashion: An Anthology by Cecil Beaton,” a germinal 1971 exhibition curated by the photographer and designer for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Linde’s show privileged connoisseurship over precise cataloguing as he tracked a decade characterized by the galactic ascent of the megabrand, fast-fashion proliferation, and high-street collaborations with formerly exclusive designers. Digital distribution of images and wares alike dovetailed with new technologies of the body, embodied most prominently by the era’s It Girlsfrom Paris Hilton to Alexa
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