Event is now sold out: The School of Life - Hussei Chalayan on fitting in

  • February 10, 2013 · 11:15 AM
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Please note that this event is now sold out. If you don't have a ticket you won't be able to join the sermon.

Yes, the school's name might be a little bit pretentious! Nonetheless, there is an interesting lecture on "fitting in" by British/Turkish Cypriot fashion designer Hussein Chalayan.

Hussein Chalayan on Fitting In [10 February 2013]

I think the experience of feeling isolated, of not fitting in, creates the urge to explore.
—Hussein Chalayan

We’re social animals: we need to belong. And if we want to belong, we’d better fit in. Or at least that’s what we learn from the classroom and the office. But Hussein Chalayan wants to show us how not fitting in, despite common sense, is a creative virtue that may even expand our sense of belonging.

By his own account, Chalayan has never quite fitted in. He spent a childhood bouncing between war-torn Cyprus and the UK. Today he is known as a world-leading fashion designer. But his catwalk shows are intricate performances, and his collections extend to experimental films and gallery installations, troubling those who like to keep fashion away from philosophy and art, or prefer designers to settle into a ‘style’.

In this sermon Chalayan will share the projects that he calls his “life studies”, made to help him understand the world. One investigates how national events transform our personal identities, another changes disgust to an appreciation of beauty, and another probes the magical, inexpressible and hidden. His work is a category-defying series of provocations to question and transform what we take for reality.

So where does this exuberant curiosity and constant shape-shifting come from? Chalayan explains that the once-painful experience of not fitting in has liberated him as an adult. “My strategy for creative self-renewal,” he says, “is to be a migrant – dislocated, never settled.” He will show how this life philosophy lets us stay curious and questioning, and be much more than a fixed self. It allows us to be multiple, to be more than one thing, to transform and grow. And it frees us to belong to more than one culture, place and people at once.

About the course leader

Hussein Chalayan has twice won British Designer of the Year for an extraordinary body of experimental projects. He has made living room furniture that turns into clothes, dresses that transform by remote control, and a coat with a hidden invitation. His influences range from airport architecture to Samurai rituals to Turkish classical music to Marc Auge and Roland Barthes. His collections have included an experimental film with Tilda Swinton and a performance with Alison Lapper and Michael Clark.

You can book the ticket at the following web address (£15.00):

http://www.theschooloflife.com/shop/husseinchalayanonfittingin/

Please only RSPV once you got a ticket.

After the event, we'll go for drinks/lunch and a nice conversation at COCO MOMO HOLBORN (64 Theobalds Road WC1X 8SF)

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  • Ahmet

    was a great event, insightful and thought provoking. It was interesting to hear how some of Chalayan's work had its roots in his experiences growing up in Cyprus. Thank you for setting this up Reda.

    February 11, 2013

  • Maja

    This was a great event in more ways than one. Reda did a great job choosing the talk and the post meetup venue. I appreciate his efforts and I had a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

    February 10, 2013

  • Maja

    Reda and I are sitting on the left on a bench.

    February 10, 2013

  • Reda

    we are sitting on the bench on the left. I have a bright blue jacket

    February 10, 2013

  • Ahmet

    It is super crowded here and I can't see anyone. Reda, what's your number?

    February 10, 2013

  • Maja

    Reda I'm running a little late but will be there.

    February 10, 2013

  • Will

    Really sorry but I can't make this now unfortunately!

    December 4, 2012

    • Reda

      Will, I think you have received an email from School of Life. As far as I understand that email is sufficient to collect the ticket...

      February 10, 2013

    • Will

      I cant find this email and did try to call them for you but all I get is an answering machine. Sorry I think it's probably too late for me to organise this!

      February 10, 2013

  • Clare M.

    Ahmet, let me know where to email it to you and I can send it to you. Clare

    February 5, 2013

  • Clare M.

    HI, I have a spare ticket now as I will not be able to go as I will be away next weekend.

    February 4, 2013

    • Ahmet

      Hello Clare, I would be happy to buy your ticket.

      February 4, 2013

  • Maja

    Yes Ana, send ma an email. I was planning to go and still don't have a ticket. Thanks!

    January 27, 2013

  • Anna

    Hi. I will not be able to attend as I am very busy with my flat renovation. I have got my ticket - anyone would like to buy it from me?

    January 27, 2013

  • Clare M.

    Now away next weekend

    December 4, 2012

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