Emma Bell

Fish & Chips Twice Please?!
Vienna, Austria

Images: Matthew Brindle, Thom Will, Alexander Jordan, Wolfgang Steiner

Emma Bell recently worked as Creative Director and co-curator of ‘Fish and Chips, Twice Please?!‘, a contemporary fashion exhibition presenting the UK as a hub for international design talent which opened at the freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL in Vienna, June 2010. The project was created over a 9 month duration and the exhibition ran for 3 months, receiving just under 30,000 visitors as well as generating 100+ points of press across global publications, TV and radio.

Emma worked on the concept development with curator Polona Dolzan and the exhibition saw a presentation of the industry’s most forward thinking creatives including designers; Louise Gray, Charlie Le Mindu, Scott Ramsay Kyle, Piers Atkinson, Dashing Tweeds, Louise Amstrup, Cooperative Designs, NOKI, Nicholas Kirkwood and Craig Lawrence.

Also presented as part of this showcase were the creative talents from complimenting industries in keeping with the concept’s ethos that fashion operates as a multi-faceted platform. Contributors included; photographers Matthew Brindle, Thom Will and Alexander Jordan, Illustrator Laura Bell, fashion film from Mirrored Palm, animator Will Adams and Stylist Alexis Knox.

Emma also co-curated an accompanying programme that ran alongside the exhibition featuring workshops, lectures, round table discussions, exclusive events and collaborative clubnights. Highlighted features included a collaboration with Designers Against Aids to raise HIV/AIDs awareness, a selection of ‘New Designer Showcases’ and a series of children’s workshops in partnership with the European Youth Organisation JEF.

‘Fish and Chips, Twice Please?!’ was presented with Quartier21 and supported in co-operation with The British Embassy Vienna and The Federal Ministry for European Affairs alongside a selection of respected sponsors and media partners which included; VICE, Le Meridien, FM4, Jelly Belly and Prestat.