Luxury backpacks by Hirst & the Olsen twins
So here’s a no-so-great art/fashion collab. This time between the insipid, possum-eyed Olsen twins and Damien Hirst. Together, they’ve created a range of ‘luxury backpacks’ for Mary Kate & Ashley’s fashion line, The Row. Peppered with Hirst-brand polka dots and prescription pills (and the artist’s signature too, of course), one of these little numbers will set you back US$55,000. Only 12 have been made. But no need to feel too guilty about your outrageous purchase, a ‘significant portion’ of each sale goes to UNICEF…
Apparel from Lisa Perry’s Koons inspired collection
Jeff Koons is no stranger to the world of fashion. In 2006 the artist collaborated with Stella McCartney on her Summer collection and last year shot an editorial for the September issue of Harpers Bazaar. His grinning mug even made it on to the cover of the January ‘Art’ issue of Harpers China.
Lisa Perry bangles and the Koons works that inspired them
The artist’s latest sartorial venture is with fashion designer Lisa Perry, who Koons has teamed up with to create a capsule collection inspired by some of his key works (including the 1986 steel sculpture ‘Rabbit’). But you better save your pennies if you fancy donning some artsy threads because they don’t come cheap – dresses start at $2,000. Perhaps that’s why Koons has thrown in a bangle option; a steal at only $300 a pop. Check out the full range here.
Pina was unequivocally Leg of Lamb’s top film of 2011. Director Wim Wenders’ homage to the late German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch (who died suddenly, two days before filming commenced) is an exuberant celebration of the artist’s life and practice. In the film, members of the Pina Bausch dance company (the Tanztheater Wuppertal) perform excerpts from some of the choreographer’s key pieces in and around her home town. Bausch embraced the big themes – love, joy, despair – with a disarming degree of sensitivity and humour, and the film is a moving testament to the dancer and her legacy. The same can’t be said of a more recent tribute.
Late last year, AnOther Magazine commissioned a short film (above) featuring Rachel Weisz to coincide with the launch of their Winter issue. Directed by Craig McDean, Weisz’s series of ‘non-narrative micro performances’ were directly inspired by Pina. But let’s face it, whacking on some lippie and staggering around in a pretty dress just isn’t going to cut it…
Andrew McLeod with model, wearing Jimmy D
Jimmy D’s new season that recently debuted at NZ Fashion Week features a collaboration between the designer and Andrew McLeod, who created a series of prints for the label that draw on the artist’s penchant for black metal.
The union made Leg of Lamb think about other antipodean art/fashion collabs like:
Reuben Paterson and World
Nell and Romance Was Born
James Morrison and Gorman
Doris de Pont and Richard Killeen
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Collier Schorr's cover image of Andrej Pejic for Dossier Journal
The latest issue of Dossier Journal featuring cover art by Collier Schorr has been censored in America by bookstore giants Barnes & Noble and Borders, who fear that Schorr’s androgynous subject, male model Andrej Pejic might be mistaken for a topless woman. The issues must now be individually wrapped, a precaution normally reserved for smutty magazines. You can view the rest of Schorr’s photoshoot with Pejic here.
Melbourne clothing label Alphaville's male model centaurs ($120 a pop)
Michael Zavros, 'Gucci Black', 195 x 250 cm, oil on canvas, 2008
Leigh Bowery, 'Pregnant tutu head', 1992, Gifted to the National Gallery of Victoria by Nicola Bateman Bowery
One of Leigh Bowery’s costumes, Pregnant Tutu Head, is included in the current exhibition ManStyle (a broad survey of menswear from 1740 to the present) at the NGV in Melbourne. So how should institutions display this kind of stuff? Leg of Lamb last encountered Bowery’s outrageous costumes at the 2005 Venice Biennale. The curated exhibition at the Arsenale included mannequins sporting some of his flashiest numbers set freely amidst photographs and projections of selected performances by the artist. The installation ensured that the costumes were both enlivened and contextualised as part of Bowery’s wider practice. But at the NGV, Pregnant Tutu Head sits in isolation behind glass like a lost, extinct specimen. Which, when presented like this, I suppose it is.
ManStyle, National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, until October 30th.
Kate Moss was the proposed subject of an exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris next year but the show has been cancelled due to lack of sponsorship. Thank goodness. Surely photographs of the vacuous old slapper should be relegated to the pages of magazines rather than promoted on the walls of one of France’s prestigious institutions.
That said, she’s been a muse for many artists: Jeurgen Teller, Marc Quinn, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tracey Emin, Chuck Close, and Lucian Freud are all fans, which just goes to show there’s no accounting for taste.
Facade of City Gallery, Wellington, by Yayoi Kusama
Facade of World's Sydney store in Paddington
Guy Bourdin,'Charles Jourdan, Spring 1979'