above: one of eight floral postcards that will be available at various locations around adelaide as part of a flat shop’s spring and summer event. photographs by christopher arblaster.
on october 9 at we’ll be celebrating the change of season and the beginning of longer days with drinks and new collections of clothing and wares at a flat shop. we’ll also be opening a nine-week, weekly rotation exhibition of vessels paired with flora titled ‘floral arrangements’.
featuring new seasonal work by:
a flat finds
Articles of Clothing
October 9, 6pm at a flat shop: level 2, 25 gresham street
a flat shop’s first film night looked at presentations from autumn / winter 1999 - 20 years ago. cloister workrooms (a studio by members of a flat shop) previously showed 1998 shows, so we thought 1999 would be a suitable, albeit somewhat disjointed, follow up to the event.
the shows were chosen due to personal preferences of a flat shop, alongside an attempt to represent the year In some sense. video of some shows weren’t able to be acquired - some notable ones being - junya wantanabe a/w 1999, undercover a/w 1999, helmut lang a/w 1999 and comme des garçons a/w 1999.
yohji yamamoto autumn/winter 1999 women’s wear
jean paul gaultier autumn/winter 1999
maison martin margiela autumn/winter 1999
“For the twenty-first Martin Margiela collection a white decor stands within the main area of the show space in which garments of '0' and '1' hang in a line. Across the showroom, garments of '6' hang in the formation of a mini boutique. The shoes of '22' are displayed on a white table. Two huge chandeliers, dressed in muslin dust covers hang above the showroom.
The press boutique owners are invited by fax to make an appointment at the showroom to view the collection. The showroom is open for one week; appointments are each half an hour.
On entering, all visitors are invited to attend a screening of a short video on the collection, which is projected in a small cinema within the building. Popcorn and soft drinks are available as those invited wait to enter the cinema. A large poster for the film is plastered to the door of the cinema; Stills form the film are displayed within glass cases. The cinema is entirely painted in white. There are three rows of old cinema chairs and two spot lamps within.
Martin Margiela directed the film, shot in the same cinema two weeks earlier. It features two women wearing the clothes and accessories from the collection to a sound track of an instrumental version of a tune taken from an old hits compilation album. The lights go up after seven minutes ready for the next screening.” - https://www.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/2048208/OBJ27464.html
this 1999 show by BLESS titled no.9 ‘merchandising’ sees a camera person and models wearing BLESS branded garments visit various spring/summer presentations at paris fashion week 1998. the camera follows the models dressed in BLESS as they attend shows.
"BLESS N° 09 is more of a MERCHANDISING project than a fashion collection. The newly developed FAN-ITEMS are made to show their owners as like-minded persons / fans / searchers for a different kind of value, besides a specific shape and colour. Thus the creation of an intentional UNISIZE basic shaped clothstyle (sweatshirts, t-shirts, polo shirts all in xl size, and jeans) which means a chance for everybodyshape - and allows easy access to people in a UNISEX (female, male, thing) and UNIAGE (first - last days) spirit, ignoring stereotypical taste, social classifications, dressing habits and usual shape preferences. Since it’s not about the clothes themselves but their values they portray (through their speaking front and quiet back), they can be worn at any kind of occasions (FOR PRESENTATIONS) to demonstrate a personal attitude or to give a fashionable statement or not." BLESS
raf simons, mens a/w 1999
raf simons’ autumn/winter 1999 collection titled ‘Disorder, Incubation, Isolation’
tom ford for gucci, womens a/w 1999
issey miyake, womens a/w 1999
a small snippet of a beautiful collection - we recommend viewing the slideshow of the presentation to see more detail (click to follow link)
issey miyake, menswear a/w 1999
a playful presentation beginning with sports and suiting(?). designed by issey miyake’s associate naoki takizawa.
hussein chalayan, ‘echoform’ womens a/w 1999
hussein chalayan’s autumn/winter 1999 collection is presented in a stark white environment, with musicians who score the show visible in silhouette through a semi-transparent material at the end of the runway. if you’re interested in the chalayan’s approach to design we recommend the work of bradley quinn, who has written extensively on the relationship of technology and architecture to fashion.
“I have always been interested in technology, and there are elements of technology in my clothes. And I work in a cross-disciplinary way with people in other fields who con- tribute to what I am doing. I am interested in forms generally, not just in clothing but in other things too.”
In the Echoform collection (Fall/Winter 1999) Chalayan created thought-provoking designs like leather dresses inspired by car interiors to represent “externalizing speed and putting it back on the body”—and mimicked aeroplane interiors by attaching padded headrests to dresses to evoke thoughts on speed, spatiality and well-being.
- bradley quinn (2002) a note: hussein chalayan, fashion and technology, fashion theory, 6:4, pp. 359-368 (click on link to open pdf
books by bradley quinn:
techno fashion, 2002
the fashion of architecture, 2003
textile futures, 2010
giorgio armani, womens a/w 1999
a selection of the marketing material for filter store’s get it while you can” held at a flat shop between june 7 -june 28, 2019
two respective sides of an a-frame. printed in a1 and stuck to a wooden a frame which once belonged to the alp (australian labor party) as evidenced by a scribble on the top and an accompanying phone number.
The exhibition ‘hangers’ which recently concluded was the first exhibition to be held at ‘a flat shop’. The show brought together 33 contributors from Adelaide, Melbourne Perth and Los Angeles. The brief given to the contributors was simple and open-ended, resulting in many surprises for the a flat shop members upon receiving the various hangers for the first time, and hopefully some enjoyable surprises for those who visited (and participated in) the exhibition.Read More
A flat shop opened as a physical shop and as the venue for the group exhibition ‘hangers’ on thursday april 4, 2019, and from now on will open as a physical shop on fridays from 9am-11pm and by appointment, and as the venue for the group exhibition ‘hangers’ during these hours until may 17. Here are some pictures we took at the opening. Develop and scan by nathan and john @u___lab.
our physical space is now open at level 2, 25 gresham street, adelaide, every friday 11-9pm, or by appointment.
our first exhibition at a flat shop is called ‘hangers’; an exhibition about, responding to, and of clothes hangers.
The exhibition runs for six weeks ending on Friday May 17.
‘hangers’ includes work by:
Henry Jock Walker
Jason Van Hamburg
Sophie M Green
and Timothy Tuppence
We held a small and semi impromptu event at the flat to accompany the launch of our webshop on december 20 last year (2018). We thought it would be nice to take a picture of everyone who visited that night (that was happy to be photographed), and also to take a picture of everyone who visits in the future. This first attempt went fairly well, except that the camera we used to take the pictures (a fuji tw-3 for anyone interested) has a minor film advance issue and a few people got overlapped or lost entirely as a result. Here are the pictures of visitors that our slightly defective camera decided to grace us with:
a friend of the flat is joe cescato. here joe is watering some monstera plants (which apparently are sometimes referred to as ‘swiss cheese plants’, though this is not what we refer to them as) which sit atop a cupboard in our kitchen at the flat.
we often comment it is a strange thing to have an open plan kitchen in a shop - and often these comments led us to converse about the fact that the shop is almost more like a flat. this series of photos highlight the fact that the shop can (and has and will continue to be in some ways) inhabited in the same way some people may inhabit their homes or flats.
the photo below, and some in the gallery below were originally used as a landing page which allowed interested people to join a mailing list. photographs are by christopher arblaster and the model is joe cescato who, in this first image is wearing a jacket by lachy lang and the bottom half of a ‘two-piece set’ by christopher arblaster
2 - joe is wearing a draped tube by angela carrig
9, 10 - joe is wearing a shirt by man-tle and clothes for the home curtain pants
11, 12 - joe is wearing hallelujah hoodie and extra long jumper scarf by lachy lang
photos by christopher arblaster.