Atelier E.B (Atelier Edinburgh-Brussels) is the name with which designer Beca Lipscombe and artist Lucy McKenzie sign their collaborative projects. Formed in 2007, Atelier E.B is a fashion label that produces using local and exploitation-free manufacturing. It operates through networks outside the system of fashion, reinventing conventional modes of display and distribution. This often involves gallery presentations, which combine art, design, and cultural research.

The exhibition Atelier E.B: Passer-by is based on a two-year research project focused on issues around display and the people behind the rich and sometimes undervalued history of the twentieth-century world expos and fairs, iconic department stores, ethnographic museums and fashion in the former Socialist Bloc. The exhibition has travelled around several gallery locations  tracing multiple narratives: traces multiple narratives within art, design, and, retail, while commissions by contemporary artists focus on  the contemporary image of the mannequin. Each iteration of the project is made in response to the context in which is it exhibited. 

Featuring contributions from dozens of practitioners and experts, Passer-by is underpinned by Atelier E.B’s firm belief in collaboration both in research and production. Lipscombe and McKenzie invited artists Tauba Auerbach, Anna Blessmann, Steff Norwood, Elizabeth Radcliffe, Bernie Reid, and Markus Selg to produce a mannequin or display device on which to present selected garments from their previous fashion collections: Inventors of Tradition (2011), Ost End Girls (2013), and Inventors of Tradition II (2015). Each of these artists recognizes the cultural significance of clothing within their own practice and is a customer or collaborator of Atelier E.B.


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