Tuesday, 27 September 2011

POP DIVA, GAY & DRAG ICON ANNIE LENNOX OPENS CLOSET FOR LONDON MUSEUM EXHIBIT


(September 27)  The uber-private Scottish singer-songwriter has opened her closet - so to speak - for the just-opened The House of Annie Lennox exhibit that runs at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum until February 26, 2012.

This one-room display explores the image and creative vision of Annie Lennox, displaying costumes and accessories worn by Lennox, photographs, personal treasures and awards, ephemera from the political campaigns she has championed, recorded interviews, and music videos.

“You can’t imagine the work involved and the size of Annie’s professional wardrobe alone,” exhibit curator  Victoria Broackes tells the National Post. “She once was able to fit the pieces in a townhouse but her collection has grown so much that Annie needed a warehouse to store everything. We were fortunate that she employs an archivist, who helped us navigate every Annie there ever was. The thing is, we could have gone anywhere with this. Looking at this exhibit, it’s indisputable that she’s a gay, feminist and fashion icon.”

But  Lennox herself is more circumspect.

“By and large, I stay away from fashion. It’s not my scene,” Lennox says. “Versace and Armani asked me to be part of their campaigns, but no, I never wanted that. I didn’t want to be associated with a label — it would be so wrong,” she says. “I feel it would take away from [my] art.”

Intead, today she loves that transgender models such as Italy’s Lea T and New York’s Nomi Ruiz are working the catwalks.

Says Lennox, “Its a healthy thing that someone who is transsexual is being employed as model now. I feel someone who is transgender or a transsexual has always been on the fringes of society for many years. This is a way to break the mould of what gender means. Everything I wanted to be is a collision of conventionality… Something so surreal, dangerous, disruptive but always manages to provoke thought and hopefully shift consciousness a bit.”

The House of Annie Lennox continues at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum until February 26, 2012. Free admission. Click here for more details.

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