Grayson Perry, the controversial contemporary artist and RA Turner Prize winner has curated an installation of his new works alongside objects made by unknown men and women throughout history from the British Museum’s collection in London. He spent two years working on this collaboration with the BM.
The artwork explores a range of themes connected with notions of craftsmanship and sacred journeys – from shamanism, magic and holy relics to motorbikes, identity and contemporary culture. Vases covered in witty captions, elaborate tapestries and the centrepiece, a richly decorated cast iron coffin-ship, are on display alongside objects from the past two million years of culture and civilisation.
‘This is a memorial to all the anonymous craftsmen that over the centuries have fashioned the manmade wonders of the world… The craftsman’s anonymity I find especially resonant in an age of the celebrity artist.’ the artist said.
Until 19 February
I am really excited by this collection. I've been a fan of Versace for years and I am sure it won't be disappointing. I've already spotted interesting pieces. Surely Versace as a brand had its low moments but today's re-birth is of great interest to me.
Donatella has been blamed a lot but I think she's done a good job, given some of the tragedies of her life... RESPECT !
I really like the cover of "Lulu", the album released by Lou Reed and Metallica.
"In Lulu, Reed reaches back to the depiction of women from an era when uninhibited sexuality demanded punishment, usually through death or the onset of madness. Wilson suggested otherwise, but Reed looked to Louise Brooks's portrayal of Lulu in the 1929 film Pandora's Box. He looked, too, at Marlene Dietrich's Lola in The Blue Angel – the ultimate femme fatale, who leads Professor Rath into a sexually induced madness, in which he crows like a cockerel. "I never forgot that image," Reed says." said the Guardian.
I think this visual is beautiful.
Reed said: "The version of the Lulu music I did with Metallica is awe inspiring. It’s maybe the best thing done by anyone, ever. It could create another planetary system. I’m not joking, and I’m not being egotistical."
I look forward to listening to it...
Label: Lou Reed
Meet Etienne Derœux, an emerging French fashion designer who recently presented his debut S/S 2012 collection in Paris at Six Showroom, which features an amazing sense of purity. His approach of fashion is intellectual and that's what I found really interesting...
When is your brand born?
The Brand was Born on april 1st 2011.
Who, from the fashion or "creative world" do you take your inspiration from?
I read a lot, I watch a lot of movies, I listen to a lot of music, I go to many exhibitions.
I try to nourish myself with what I see, what I discover, that's my inspiration in everyday life. Besides That, 'My Dear Bomb' by yohji yamamoto is a book I often go back to when it comes to Fashion, as well as Madeleine Vionnet's and Mme Grès' works among others.
Can you tell us a bit more about your background please?
I decided I wanted to do fashion quite early but really decided to give it a try when I finished high school. I started as an intern at Jean Louis Scherrer Haute couture in Paris with Stephane Rolland when I was 17. Then I moved to Australia where I took short courses in Fashion to prepare my entrance exam to Antwerp royal academy. In 2008 I entered Antwerp fashion school where I stayed one year, then moved to La Cambre in Brussels.
After two works experiences at Peter Pilotto in London and Matthew Ames in New York, I realized that the condition to my freedom of expression and creativity was to be my own boss and to launch my own label.
Can you tell us about your latest collection?
My Spring summer collection is based on three major inspirations which are 'L'être et le Neant' a book written by Jean-Paul Sartre, the work of photographer william Eggleston and elementary geometry book for children.
Through these topics I was willing to create a collection of elegent basics along with innovative shapes, with very high quality finishes and materials.
The main purpose of my cloth is that they can be worn either in a casual or a more classy way, since their goal is to suit the body and adapt to
different kind of styles. Each piece in the collection is conceived as an extension of the personality made to bend to the desires of the body they dress up. It's about being what you want to be thanks to cloths, not being ruled by a piece of fabric.
What do you think about French Fashion's scene?
The french Fashion scene is a bit antithetic, the contrast between the big houses and the young designers is obvious, there's no such things as the British fashion Council, The Ecco Domani foundation, the CFDA or even big awards to support small French fashion structures.
In beetween Hyeres festival which is a great place for a designer to be discovered, and l'andam price for confirmed talents, there is nothing in between, when designers would actually need help to grow. That blocks the French Fashion scene in my opinion, and influential new designers have troubles to emerge.
It's actually an economic nonsense in a country where the fashion and textile industry is so important.
Have you had any support from other fashion figure?
A lot of people are showing me their support and interest. Some people are fashion related, some aren't. I'm making clothws for people, not for fashion figures.
What are you expressing through your designs?
A desire of freedom and novelty at first, and also a way to consume fashion differently.
I refuse to use synthetical fibers in my collections, so everything is basically 100% pure natural fibers. I also number every garment by hand and limit my production to 100 copies of each styles to preserve rarity and exclusivity for my clients.
Are you showing at Paris Fashion week?
I'm presenting my debut S/S 2012 collection in Paris at Six Showroom.
What projects do you have upcoming?
I'm currently working on my winter collection, there are new challenges because I'm willing to develop some exclusive knits for this next season, and also start working on shoes that can be produced and sold in the future.
I also have a photography project to illustrate my collection that i'd like to present to festivals for fashion and photography in order to introduce a different vision of my work.
then about more down to earth projects, I need to find a Press agency and to work on my website and E-shop.
Where can we find your designs?
My Designs will be available at 'Hunting & Collecting' in Brussels, 'Front row' in Moscow and at www.etiennederoeux.com from january 2012, and hopefully, there are more stores to come.
To finish with, what would you wish to this blog and what do you think about it?The only thing I can wish to a blog is that the internet forever stays this perfect place for self expression.
I'm proud to be featured among all those prestigious topics and I hope my work will be better known thanks to this article.
More info on: http://www.etiennederoeux.com/
Photo credits: ©Tine Claerhout Photography
"I'd rather cry in a Rolls than be happy on a bicycle" Patrizia Reggiani, Gucci heir's ex-wife, serving a 29-year sentence for ordering Gucci heir's murder.
On Friday night I went to the free special evening organized by the National Portrait Gallery Late Shift Extra: The Glamour Factory around their Photo Exhibition Glamour of The Gods.
The stakes were high: you could have a retro hairdo & make up and then be photographed in a star pose, hear talks about Beauty, watch Top Hat, a Black & White movie with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers, etc.
Being in love with all things retro, my main draw for coming was the 30's hairdo & make-up which I wasn't able to do at the last Vintage Festival held in August at SouthBank Centre due to the never ending queue of like-minded women dying to look like a cinema star. So there I was, starting to queue for my long awaited retro make up and hair-do at the National Portrait Gallery when the staff told us there was no point queuing, because all the "free" tickets had been sold out.
Right. I wasn't going to let that ruin the evening so I decided instead to go for a talk entitled "What is Beauty?".
Danny Rees from the Wellcome Library explained how large eyes and high eyebrows helped considerably in perceiving people as beautiful (which I guess also explains why so many women spend fortunes on making them seem bigger with make up AND why actresses at the time always had their eyebrows reshaped with a pencil). He also explained why smiling is so important and important it is to master faking it for stars. Basically a smile on a face is something you see from afar. So if you don't know the person in front of you, and they start smiling, it sends us the message: "I'm no threat to you". You can tell if someone is genuinely smiling if their eyes crease as they smile. If they're forcing a smile, only the mouth smiles and the eyes remain static. Then he went on observing that in movies generally the bad guy is always ugly and the good guy is always good-looking which could be an interpretation of something much older. Greek Philosophers Sapho & Plato thought that if you're beautiful inside, you're beautiful outside. But then I kind of remember Manson was not too bad and still was the serial killer everyone knows. So there goes Plato.
Then I went to hear a talk by Dr David Gems (Institute of Healthy Aging, UCL) entitled the Immortality tour. He was taking the example of a son who couldn't deal with his mother's death and decided to freeze her. After all f you bury someone you're sure they will decay whereas if you "freeze" them you keep the tiny hope that science will be sufficiently advanced to revive your loved ones while you're still alive... I didn't see the rest as I had to meet a friend of mine. And off we went to watch the movie Top Hat. I had personally never seen a Fred Astaire & Ginger Rodgers movie. Top Hat is one of these intrigues à la Marivaux where someone is mistaken for someone else and everybody finds out at the end their error... I marveled at the dance, the moves, the singing, the incredible decorum of the Italian scenes & also the clothes. Ginger Rogers is wearing magnificent dresses (Gosh, that white feather dress!) all along the movie which made me wonder how she could manage to dance in them. But all seems effortless. And it's a great comedy.
In the end a nice evening even though I will have to find yet another retro event to have my hair and make up done in a Glamour of the Gods way!
Label: National Portrait Gallery
- Name: 최강창민 / Choi Kang Chang Min
- Japanese Name: チャンミン / Changmin
- Also known as: Max
- Real name: 심창민 / Shim Chang Min
- Profession: Singer, actor and model
- Birthdate: 1988-Feb-18
- Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
- Height: 184cm
- Weight: 61kg
- Star sign: Aquarius
- Blood type: B
- Talent agency: SM Entertainment