In the game of chess, the queen is considered the most powerful, and often, the most unpredictable piece. The queen, both in chess and as an archetype, embodies tradition yet possesses the creative freedom to redefine the rules established by a patriarchal system. The World Chess Hall of Fame presents A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess, an exhibition that uses photography, video, sculpture, storytelling, and some of the rarest garments in the world to explore the queen and her influence.
Evolving from the weakest to the strongest piece, the queen wields exceptional power in chess. It is thought that this privileging of the queen on the board is an indication of her increasingly powerful status in medieval and early modern European society. In A Queen Within, nine Jungian archetypes or "personalities" of the queen are used to examine the relationships between power, risk-taking, as well as feminine roles in society.
Produced by an international team of thought-leaders, curators, fashion insiders, and chess players, the exhibition focuses on how storytelling as well as the various archetypes of the queen have captured the imagination of innovative fashion designers.
Objects From the Following Designers are on view: Alexander McQueen, Anrealage, Chan Luu, Charlie Le Mindu, Gianfranco Ferre, Gucci, Hideki Seo, Henrik Vibskov, Hussein Chalayan, Iris Schieferstein, Iris Van Herpen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jordan Askill, Josefin Arnell, Keta Gutmane, Koji Arai, Maiko Takeda, Maison Martin Margiela, Minju Kim, Noritaka Tatehana, Octavia Xiaozi Yang, Pam Hogg, Rein Vollenga, Rejina Pyo, Ryohei Kawanishi, Sandra Backlund, Serena Gili, Shaun Leane and and Daphne Guinness, Tabitha Osler, Viktor & Rolf, and Writtenafterwards.
The World Chess Hall of Fame Website