Grace Wales Bonner is a designer who makes clothing as intellectually astute as it is well designed. This is due in large part to her seemingly endless ability to absorb the cultural artefacts around those subjects which have informed her work the most – namely race, masculinity, identity and the dislocating effects of diaspora. Set among lavish narratives, her collections grapple with a question: what is lost and what is gained when people, and their traditions, cross… read more »
“The genesis of the account was actually the early days of (at the time) a long-distance relationship – I was in New York, with my (now) partner in Sydney.
New York-based artist Leelee Kimmel has a knack with confounding expectations: her conversations whip into wild, yet charming tangents. You half expect to hear one thing, then she jolts right into something else.
“What we see or what we seem are but a dream, a dream within a dream.” So begins Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), a dreamscape in which appearances are revealing and deceptive in equal measure. The film is based on Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel, which tells the tale of one fateful Valentine’s Day in central Victoria in 1900. On a school trip to the geological marvel of Hanging Rock, a rare volcanic formation over 6,000,000 years old, three schoolgirls… read more » View Gallery (10 images)
There has a been a growing tendency among young designers to do away with the traditional runway show completely. Whether choosing impressively realised presentations, intimate showings for editors behind closed doors or one-off printed publications as alternative ways to communicate their work, it is an approach both imaginative and pragmatic. Nottingham-born, London-based Katie Roberts-Wood is one such designer. For her latest collection under eponymous label ROBERTS |… read more » View Gallery (7 images)
In 1992, Amy Arbus took a masterclass with Richard Avedon at the International Center of Photography in New York and embarked on a project that would forever change her relationship to the medium.
Eve Babitz was born in Hollywood in 1943 into a bohemian household – her mother was an artist, her father was a classical violinist on contract to 20th Century Fox, and her godfather was the legendary composer Igor Stravinsky. The family moved in illustrious circles and, by the time she was 14, she’d already accumulated enough material to begin a precociously titled memoir, I Wouldn’t Raise My Kids in Hollywood . Although, sadly, these early attempts at… read more »
In 1991, the atelier of the designer Azzedine Alaïa moved from the Rue de Bellechasse on the Left Bank to the heart of the Marais into an enormous complex that’s still home to the nucleus of the Maison Alaïa today. Alaïa had bought the building in 1987 and began showing his collections there in 1989 when he first staged a show in the vast glass-roofed, iron-columned atrium off the rue de la Verrerie: on that first showing, rain dripped through age-worn cracks in the… read more » View Gallery (10 images)
“Nobody makes me do something I don’t wanna do, it’s my decision,” said Whitney Houston . “So the biggest devil is me, I’m either my best friend or my worst enemy.” This statement would eventually prove correct, as the internationally acclaimed star navigated her career and life through mammoth successes and equally extreme lows
David Wojnarowicz was born out of New York’s fevered 1980s East Village art scene, along with the likes of Nan Goldin , Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. His life was cut short in 1992 when he died as a result of AIDS-related complications at the age of 37 – but despite its brevity, he left… read more »