Art infuses Fashion, Fashion becomes Art
This is a rare and exciting opportunity for me to bring together some of the works of art and fashion that long inspired my own creative work and to see what happens when these objects rub up against each other.
In this elegant, exciting project, the fashion pieces that Anderson has chosen to isolate and re-contextualize certainly take on a potency and a power to move that transcends the desire and allure of the runway.' Vogue
'There’s no excuse to miss it' Vanity Fair
The exhibition will draw together a personal selection of sculptures alongside notable fashion pieces and objects of craft and design to explore the way in which the human form has been reconceived by artists and designers across the 20th and 21st centuries.
The selection is shaped by Anderson’s long-standing passion for modern art (from the mid-20th century) and the underlying questions of gender that have been posed by his own fashion collections at JW Anderson.
Figurative sculptures by artists including Jean Arp, Louise Bourgeois, Lynn Chadwick, Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, Sarah Lucas, Henry Moore, Magali Reus and Dorothea Tanning are in direct dialogue with fashion pieces by designers such as Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo of Commes des Garçons, Helmut Lang and Issey Miyake.
The exhibition also features a new series of photographs by Jamie Hawkesworth who Dazed describe as 'one of the most visionary fashion photographers working today'. Hawkesworth worked in the gallery with 123 Yorkshire school children wearing fashion pieces by designers including Issy Miyake and Vivienne Westwood.