Matthew Linde is a PhD candidate at the School of Fashion & Textiles, RMIT University. His research project addresses the boutique as a performative space that seeks to expand curatorial and communicative approaches for fashion practice. He previously ran Centre for Style, an exhibition space and store for contemporary fashion practice. CfS organised exhibitions internationally in biennales, museums and gallery spaces from 2013-2016. Understanding the role of the curator as a performative agent, he continues his ongoing research of the impresario through an independent exhibition-making practice exploring fashion history, the body and emerging fashion practices. Performance, ephemera, bricolage and collectivity are strategies enacted in his projects. Recent projects include “The Overworked Body: An Anthology of 2000s Dress” at Mathew Gallery and the Goethe-Institut’s Ludlow38 (both USA); “A Really Good Look” at TarraWarra Museum (Australia); “Dress Rehearsal” at the 9th Berlin Biennale; “Atrophy Amphitheatre” at the National Gallery of Victoria (Australia);” Boulevard” at Gertrude Contemporary (Australia); “Bouvier’s Bedroom” at Mathew Gallery (Germany); and an upcoming major curatorial project exploring fashion and time at Kunsthalle Bern (Switzerland). His exhibitions and projects have been reviewed in Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, The New York Times, Frieze, Flash Art, E-Flux, Cura Magazine and DANSK Magazine. He is also a fashion writer for Flash Art, examining fashion exhibitions and collections. His writing has also featured in Spike Art, Kaleidoscope and Frieze. He has also lectured at RMIT University and The New School Parsons School of Design in fashion theory and studio.
Supervisors: Jessica Bugg, Ricarda Bigolin