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Unique Chess Exhibition at Chess Hall of Fame: A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess October 19, 2013 - April 18, 2014

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A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess
October 19, 2013 - April 18, 2014

“This is an absolutely new take on fashion and fashion exhibitions.” 

— Sofia Hedman, Curator, A Queen Within

In the game of chess, the queen is considered the most powerful, and often, the most unpredictable piece. A queen, both in chess and as an archetype, embodies tradition, yet possesses the creative freedom to redefine the rules established by a patriarchal system. In the fall of 2013, the World Chess Hall of Fame will present A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess, an exhibition exploring the archetypes of a queen. Works from radical and experimental designers will be used to highlight the queen archetypes in fashion and identify relationships with the cultural collective unconscious and traditions of storytelling.

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, Jungian archetypes and archetypal patterns in literature, film, fashion photography and folktales will be used to examine the relationships between power, risk-taking, as well as feminine roles in queen archetypes and the representations of those roles in the designers’ works.

Produced by an international team of thought-leaders, curators, fashion insiders, and chess players, the exhibition focuses on the how storytelling as well as the various archetypes of the queen have captured the imagination of innovative fashion designers.
Pick your tickets and find more information from the official website.

For information about group tours of the exhibition, please contact Program Manager Claire Grothe at or (314) 367-9243 x 105.

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