Between January 22 and March 8th, the Institut Néerlandais on Paris’ Left Bank welcomed trend forecasting icon Li Edelkoort’s first retrospective with the much acclaimed exhibition entitled ‘Archeology of the future: 20 years of trends through the eyes of Li Edelkoort.
‘Exploring contemporary trends between 1990 and 2010, the exhibition takes you on a journey through the trends that have shaped our lives, seeing them not as passing fads but as long-term phenomena. Fourteen trends were divided into seven different sections, covering: Body/ Soul, Global/ Local, Flora/ Fauna, Urban/ Rural, Armour/ Amour, Abstraction/ Narration and Nihilism/ Hedonism, illustrated by a wide range of images, audiovisuals and trend forums. This was the first time that an exhibition had directly identified and analyzed trends in this manner, making it a must see just before Maison & Objet, suggested the organisers.
Visitors were also able to discover how a fashion forecaster works with Li Edelkoort’s very own trend studio installation. With nearly 40 years of fashion forecasting history behind her including the creation of the Trend Union and the publisher of influential magazines View on Colour and Bloom, Edelkoort certainly knows her stuff, making this exhibition a great source of inspiration for the fashion industry!