Nathan French, a fashion designer-turned-fine artist, crafts captivating and unsettling sculptures crystals, feathers, wax, and other unexpected materials. The artist, who appears in the upcoming Park Park Studios group show “Wasteland,” had previously created wearable art in his previous career. And in fine art, threads from that training endure.
Anouk Wipprecht, who was featured in our Hi-Fructose: New Contemporary Fashion book, recently unveiled her “Fragrance” and “Elixir” dresses, in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. With Elixir, after answering preference questions on the SAP gadget worn on the arm, the system blends your drink and sends your concoction through the tubes and into the vial. Think the Beer Helmet of the Future.
For her new collection, Iris van Herpen collaborated with kinetic sculptor Anthony Howe, with riveting results on the runway. “Hypnosis” features several new pieces from van Herpen, who was featured on our site here. She says that Howe’s “Ominverse” sculpture serves as a “portal” into the collection.
Using the unexpected material of spaghetti, designer-artist Alice Pegna creates elegance and striking pieces adorning mannequins. Her series, “Ex Nihilo,” features ongoing experimentation that encompasses headdresses, dresses, and objects. The strands’ rigid, uncooked form allows the artist to craft geometric designs, culminating in the bold final result seen below.
Erica Gray’s wearable works, such as “Coral Cluster,” can appear as both monstrous and elegant. The artist has garnered several honors for her pieces, several within the World of WearableArt awards banner. She says her work in wearables shows her interest in “exotic materials, natural structures and incorporated 3D technologies.”
Designer and artist Heidi Lee crafts surreal wearables, garnering a reputation for her “Endless Echo Hat” that features a cast, repeating version of her face. Since making its debut a few years back, the work has seen new evolutions and iterations. Otherwise, Lee toys with form and convention in her progressive pieces.