Clash - Resistance in Fashion

04.10.14 - 25.01.15

"No future" leered the punks in the 1970s, launching an attack against normality and bourgeois niceties. Dark and rebellious garb became an external symbol of the internal aggressions of youth, and over the years such resistance has been reflected in the world of fashion.

On 4 October 2014 HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art presents the museum's first-ever design exhibition. Clash – Counterculture in Fashion presents groundbreaking designs by major fashion designers, transforming social tension and aggression into aesthetic design creations. Audiences can look forward to works by world-famous designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Maison Martin Margiela, Comme des Garçons, and Hussein Chalayan, all shown side by side with designs by emerging talents from the Danish design schools: VIA University College, TEKO Design + Business, Design School Kolding, and The Royal Academy of Fine Art's School of Design.

The exhibition is part of HEART's new concept HEARTdesign and is realised with support from the Bikuben Foundation and the ege foundation.

vivVivienne Westwood, Chaos Point Wedding Dress, The Gold Label Collection AW 08/09. Foto: Mikael Lammgård, Röhsska Museum 

Clash focuses on how major designers challenge fashion and create their own versions of the rebellious styles found amongst punk, hip hop, and hippie culture and other countercultural movements. Fashion adopts and incorporates these types of revolt and resistance, and designers such as Vivenne Westwood and Alexander McQueen rebel against the commonplace, pursue their own visions, and take a critical stance on the fashion industry of which they are part.

That approach has led to a range of spectacular creations which attack the values and body image of the fashion industry, and Clash offers everything from voluminous, absurd costumes to anarchic punk design. Finally, six talents hand-picked from the Danish design schools will offer their takes on the tendencies and designs that infuse and invigorate present-day resistance and counterculture.

Steve and IJen Davis, Steven and I, 2006

Clash – Counterculture in Fashion is curated by fashion scholar Ane Lynge Jorlén and Michael Bank Christoffersen

The exhibition is created in co-operation with the trend institute pej gruppen and VIA University College, TEKO Design + Business


Ege Fonden 


Danish Agency for Culture
Light Partner
Innonett Lifestyle Interior & Clothing
Dansk Fashion & Textile
Design School Kolding
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation

Clash – Counterculture in Fashion is part of HEART's exhibition concept HEARTdesign