Black Angels 13-7

It's Haute Couture for the Angles of Death when award-winning clothing designer Anne Damgaard presents her latest works in Øksnehallen. They're inspired by George Crumb's "Black Angels" - his magical, electrically amplified - string quartet - and more than that. The music is performed live by the string quartet Messer in a room installation where clothing and sound, light and video projections unite.

Exhibition, Sole-Exhibition, One-Off
Denmark, 2006
Øksnehallen, Copenhagen
December 27, 2006 — January 27, 2007

Anne Damgaard breaks the framework for clothing design and lets the dresses shape-transform through one medium after another – the drapes are not only fabric, but light and tones and images. It is clothing as a state of mind, and her dresses are arabesques of emotions and sensory experiences. The graphic beauty of Crumb’s score has turned into cuts, the notes are stitches, and the strings play with thimbles in dresses that are music and light and colors.
It’s high – level aesthetic clothing design, and we get a look into the laboratory – sketches and templates, photographs and clippings follow the process, which is just as much part of the final design. For Anne Damgaard, all boundaries are fluid, and the modern experience is in everything she touches: “All that is solid melts into air”.

– Knud Romer

cotton gauze, nylon-tulle, silk organza, linen-voile
13 draped dresses, electric string quartet, videos, sound and light projections
String Quartet:
Søren Kuhn
Rasmus Koch Studio
Iben Kristiansen
Penille Dalmose
Trine Egemose
dying fabrics:
Anne Fabricius Møller
Jan Machenhauer
hair & Make-up:
Jan Stuhr
text and opening speech:
Knud Romer
Søren Kuhn
Jan Søndergaard
Danish Arts Foundation
Danmarks Nationalbanks
Jubilæumsfond af 1968
Nordea-Danmark fonden
L.F. Foghts Fond
@ Anne Damgaard
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