Collaboration in Art & Fashion

Curator Oriole Cullen, Designer Roksanda Ilincic, artist Eva Rothschild and Serpentine Galleries CEO Yana Peel on the collaborative relationships in art and fashion

24 May 2018
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Cork Street Galleries
24 Cork Street
London, W1S 3NG
United Kingdom

Join us for a panel event with curator Oriole Cullen, designer Roksanda Ilincic, artist Eva Rothschild, and Serpentine Gallery CEO Yana Peel on the power of collaboration in art and fashion.

This conversational event, followed by a glass of wine and opportunities for questions and networking, will explore dichotomies within the two fields, and map out ways these creative fields continue to influence one another.

In 1937, Elsa Schiaparelli joined forces with Salvador Dalí to produce a lobster-print gown. Thirty years later, Yves Saint Laurent created shift dresses that replicated Piet Mondrian paintings. While many fashion designers are inspired by and collaborate with artists, for years fashion was deemed frivolous and art was seen as a timeless, elevated form. Now, things are changing.

Increasingly, museums are exhibiting fashion – from the landmark V&A Alexander McQueen exhibition to Rei Kawakubo at The Met; elevating the status of the designer. In an era where art surrounds us, can fashion be a parallel form of self-expression to contemporary art in reflecting the cultural zeitgeist? How does this elevation of fashion as an art form change not only the museum space, but how we wear clothes in our everyday lives? Can fashion be regarded as art, or the designer be considered an artist?

They will discuss Illincic's experience collaborating with many artists, from Eva Rothschild and Serge Poliakoff to Caroline Denervaud for her last collection and the tension Peel feels between her work within the art world and her admiration for fashion designers.


Oriole Cullen is curator of Modern Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria and Albert museum, London. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute, she previously worked as curator for Dress and Decorative Arts at the Museum of London. She has curated numerous exhibitions and published widely on the subject of dress and fashion. Her recent book Francis Marshall: Drawing Fashion examines the work of Britain’s leading 20 Century fashion illustrator.

Roksanda Ilincic is a London-based award-winning designer. Originally from Serbia, she studied architecture and applied arts at the University of Belgrade, a period that proved crucial in opening her up to the possibilities of modernist design. Upon graduating, she enrolled on the fashion MA at Central St Martin’s, under the tutorage of the late Louise Wilson and began her own label in 2005.

Yana Peel has been the CEO of the Serpentine Galleries since 2016, working alongside artistic director Hans-Ulrich Obrist. From 2013 – 2016 she headed up the Intelligence Squared Group, a leading forum for live debate, and in 2003 she co-founded the Outset Contemporary Art Fund, which has purchased over 100 artworks for the Tate Modern.

Eva Rothschild is a Dublin-born artist living and working in London. Her work developed out of the legacy of modernist sculptural tradition, in particular the formal languagesof artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Eva Hesse. Alongside her intimately scaled works she has undertaken large-scale commissions for Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries (2009) and Public Art Fund, New York (2011). In 2014 she was named Royal Academician and in 2016 she collaborated with Roksanda for Studio Voltaire. Rothschild will represent Ireland in the 2019 Venice Biennale.


The event will take place at Cork Street Galleries, an initiative of The Pollen Estate. There will be a wine reception after the event.


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