Duration: Apr 08 - Apr 30, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, Apr 08, 2022, 5-8 pm
Yiwei Gallery is pleased to present PeiPei Li: New Order, an exhibition inspired by the detrimental effects of our fashion-conscious consumerist society. Today, fashion trends and style turnover are heavily influenced by consumerism. Because fashion brands have an incentive to make as much money as possible for shareholders, they must quickly respond to the trends of today by making more clothes.
One reason why fast fashion brands are so successful is that they use the fast-paced cycling of trends as a tool to put pressure on people to keep up with our rapidly changing times, look the most fashionable, and have the newest items. This pressure caused by consumerism feeds into a cycle of vanity (and insecurity) that makes people feel anxious, stressed and self-conscious.
The artist Peipei Li explores these ideas by covering everything in sight with heavy, almost gluttonous layers of clothing in order to make people feel consumed and oppressed by consumerism. We hope that through experiencing New Order, observers will reflect on the vanity and burden of our society’s consumer obsession with fashion and keep these negative effects in mind when making future fashion buying decisions.