londonprintstudio’s forthcoming exhibition Grafik Apparel examines the interlocking strategies of artists and designers who stretch and invisibly mend the codes and clothes we ‘wear’.
Clothes entwine references, ironies and identities. Historically garments express a collective state of mind, status, allegiance, profession – and individual dreams. 70’s punk expressed disillusionment with authority. In the 1920’s and 1930’s, couturier Schiaparelli worked with leading artists and designed clothes that referenced surrealism, while artist Baroness Elsa von Freytag- Loringhoven challenged respectable society as ‘the only one living anywhere who dresses Dada, loves Dada, lives Dada’.
Both art and fashion mirror aesthetic perceptions and employ the senses.
From the 1980’s, many fashion designers have wanted to be recognised as artists, producing ‘conceptual clothes’. Using strategies associated with contemporary art they have created clothes that are sometimes better suited to exhibitions than for everyday wear.
However, artists have often designed clothes- from Klimt to Matisse, Salvador Dalí, Aleksandr Rodchenko, and Oscar Schlemmer. Sonia Delaunay and Natalia Goncharova were particularly interested in clothes and textile design, producing many designs for popular consumption.
This exhibition will explore the creative tension between the separate worlds of art and fashion.