In 2019, Lafayette Anticipations presents Atelier E.B first exhibition in France, a fashion label created by designer Beca Lipscombe and artist Lucy McKenzie. With Passer-by, the Foundation confirms its interdisciplinary dimension and its will to be a meeting place between various practices.
A common interest in the history of motifs and retail display inspired designer Beca Lipscombe and artist Lucy McKenzie to form the Atelier E.B fashion label. Their first exhibition in France combines contemporary creation, the history of fashion and museum design. It opens with a bespoke showroom for their new collection, Jasperwear, and continues with historical research into the figure of the mannequin, from ancient sculpture to department store windows. It ends with a series of commissions by contemporary artists.
The exhibition at Lafayette Anticipations follows the first staging at the Serpentine Galleries in London, in autumn 2018. Content has been reconfigured for the Paris context, with new works spread over two floors. Atelier E.B has also reimagined the gallery's central space using original elements from the (now defunct) Art Nouveau staircase of Galeries Lafayette department store.
Featuring the work of a dozen practitioners, Passer-by is underpinned by Atelier E.B’s rigorous approach to research, collaboration and production. Shifting through different times, histories and ways of looking, visitors become passers-by within Atelier E.B’s hybrid dreamscape.