ABOUT

Filep Motwary is the author of “Theorem[a]: The Body, Emotion + Politics in Fashion”, published by SKIRA in June 2018, under the wing of Polimoda college and University in Florence.

Participants in the publication include Hussein Chalayan, Jean Paul Gaultier, Pamela Golbin, Iris van Herpen, Harold Koda, Michèle Lamy, Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Antonio Mancinelli, Suzy Menkes, Violeta Sanchez, Valerie Steele, Jun Takahashi, Olivier Theyskens, Viktor & Rolf with a foreword by Danilo Venturi.

As part of this project, Motwary has interviewed Nick Knight and the conversation can be read online by pressing here.

He is also the author of  the book “Haute-à-Porter”, his first book that was published by Lannoo in April 2016

Motwary is the curator of Haute-à-Porter, a personal curatorial concept that was presented as an exhibition at the Modemuseum Hasselt in Belgium from  April until September in 2016.

The exhibition Haute-à-Porter was ranked by French Vogue as one of the TOP3 for the year 2016, internationally.

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Since 2010, he is the Fashion Features Editor of Dapper Dan Magazine.

In general, Motwary has interviewed approximately 350 designers, photographers and artists since 2004 such as Dries Van Noten, Katerina Jebb, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Viktor & Rolf, Pamela Golbin, Michele Lamy, Olivier Theyskens, June Newton aka Alice Springs, Julien D’Ys, Harold Koda, Iris Van Herpen, Nick Knight, Gareth Pugh, Hans Feurer, Thom Browne, Mats Gustafson, Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, Vivienne Westwood, Peter Lindbergh, Sacai’s Chitose Abe, Antonio Mancinelli, Colin McDowell, Lanvin’s Lucas Ossendrijver, Alexander Fury, Pierre Hardy, Valerie Steele, Farida Khelfa, Rick Owens, Christian Lacroix, Paolo Roversi, Helmut Lang, Jun Takahashi, Haider Ackermann, Yohji Yamamoto, Christophe Lemaire, Juergen Teller, Zandra Rhodes, Stephen Jones, Nicole Phelps, Sebastien Meunier, Glenn Martens […]

 

Motwary’s first job was to assist a stylist for the Greek editions of L’Officiel and Vogue in early 2000 followed by four years as the head studio designer for the Athenian couturier Loukia for both her Haute Couture and prêt-a-porter  before moving to Paris consisting lengthy internships for designers like John Galliano, Christian Dior and Chloe from 2003 to 2005.
Today, Motwary continues to create costumes for bespoke projects, as well as in collaboration with jewelry designer Maria Mastori with whom he worked together on six prêt-a-porter collections, from 2006 to 2011.

His costumes have been presented in several of museums, including Modemuseum Hasselt in Belgium, Atopos, La Gaite Lyrique in Paris, Centraal Museum Utrecht in The Netherlands, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Saint-Brieuc in Brittany France (…)

As a visual journalist, he cooperates with the digital platform of JOYCE in Hong Kong since 2011 while working on other joint projects for clients such as Giambattista Valli, Christian Louboutin, Sacai, Chaos, Lane Crawford […]

Since 2010 he has collaborates with several online platforms, magazines and publications such as METAL magazine, Vogue.fr, Vogue.it, New Yorker’s THE CUT, Boycott Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, W magazine, Mixte Magazine, Totem, Kenzo, Chloe,  Mercedes Benz, TheStimuleye  among others.
Between 2011-2015 he collaborated closely with the founder and director of the Villa Noailles and Hyères Festival, Jean-Pierre Blanc.

In 2012 he was invited by Linda Loppa to conduct a series of video and written interviews focusing on the subjects Fetish, Monsters and Bridges. Among others Motwary interviewed Rick Owens, Tim Blanks, Bruce Pask, Christian Lacroix, Robin Schulie, Etienne Russo, Humberto Leon (Kenzo), Marlo Saalmink […]. Some of this interviews were published in MOMENTING THE MEMENTO by Danilo Venturi in 2014.

From 2005 to 2015, he was the  founder of the twice awarded blog, the renowned Un nouVeau iDEAL that was listed among others in William Oliver and Susie Bubble book  “The World’s Top Fashion Blogs” published by PRESTEL (2011).

Premiere Vision and Zoom by Fatex  invited Motwary to exhibit a series of large-scale photographs as a solo show, titled “STREET IT BOYZ” in February 2014.

Motwary has curated the  educational event FASHION ON SCREEN, a short-films festival presented in Athens organized by Fashion Workshop in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

On June 28th 2016, 2016 he curated “Haute-ART-Porter” a mini-exhibition affiliated to Haute-à-Porter, at the Modemuseum of Hasselt in Belgium. “Haute-ART-Porter” was the outcome from three workshops that took place between the dates 10 to 21 May, 2016 in Hasselt and involved students from three local ART universities: Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Hasselt, Provinciale Kunsthumaniora Hasselt and PXL-MAD | School of Arts. The workshops focused on three subjects on which the students produced fashion illustrations based on garments presented in the Haute-à-Porter exhibition, Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto  and British-Gibraltar born designer John Galliano.

On July 2nd  2016, Motwary was invited as a guest of FASHIONCLASH in Maastricht to speak both about Haute-à-Porter the exhibition and his book both under the title Haute-à-Porter.

For Modemuseum Hasselt’s following exhibition titled ACROSS JAPAN, Motwary did the selection of participant garments and artwork, the preparation and research along with the visuals presented within. The exhibition opened on 4 March 2017.

In April 2017 along with Dobrila Denegri, Yannick Aellen and Franc´Pairon, Filep Motwary was invited as Jury member for the last edition of the Austrian Fashion Awards and Take Festival.

The Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture has invited Motwary to present his career highlights formed as a lecture to the students of the “First Technical Lyceum” in Nicosia, on On October 24, 2017.

On November 20 and 21st, 2017 he was invited to direct a two-day workshop at the 1st Technical Lyceum of Nicosia (CY) as part of “ACT” (ΔΡΑΣΕ) a project supported by the EU. It featured students between the ages 14-17. The workshop focused on the differences or similarities between Haute Couture and prêt-à-porter in contemporary fashion.
On April 18,  2018, Motwary visited Florence by invitation of Polimoda’s Director Danilo Venturi for a lecture, presented through “Rendez Vous” the well known series presented at Villa Favard. His lectures was titled “Fashion Out Of Fashion” and was presented in Villa Favard’s Aula Magna.

From April 27th  until June 2nd,  2018 he  presented his second monographic photography exhibition at the Zampelas Art Museum in Nicosia, Cyprus.

From February to June 2018, Filep Motwary was a lecturer at Polimoda college and University  in Florence teaching the art and history of “FASHION CURATION” to different sets of Masters students.

LICHTING, the joint project of Amsterdam Fashion Week and HTNK Fashion Recruitment & Consultancy has invited him to be a member of its panel in September for it’s 2018 edition.

 

EXHIBITIONS (as participant)

 

as JURY MEMBER

  • – La Cambre Mode[s]. Brussels 2013
  • – La Cambre Mode[s]. Brussels 2014
  • -AFA & Austrian Fashion Awards 2017
  • -LICHTING. Amsterdam 2018

as MODERATOR

as QUEST SPEAKER

INTERVIEWS

FILM CURATION

 

The logo for this website is an artwork by renowned calligrapher Nicolas Ouchenir.
Portrait of Filep Motwary with Ola Rudnicka wearing Dries Van Noten ss16, photo Rene Habermacher.

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