23/02/2013

NO INHIBITIONS : EXPRESS YOURSELF


Over the weeks we are definitely in the mood for a lookback to the good old nineties. Maybe we are a little bit nostalgic, maybe because it was our early teenage years (always getting sentimental when talking about it). Even if it is  a rough time both in the good and bad way, but it is not the matter here. We are always trying to keep what makes an experience striking even if it's the worst ever.Don't forget these experiences, happening at the best of your life !It's the time when you are a growing adult (OMG we sound like in the song Banquet by Bloc Party!) and perhaps when you start making the first big decisions about life, future, relationships...

People such as the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama made her decision at a very early age (she started painting polka dots and nets at the age of ten and also created amazing paintings in watercolour, pastel and oil). The polka dots and nets is definitely Kusama's deepest obsession and perhaps the best way to express herself. She created large paintings and environmental sculptures using mirrors and electric lights and she even used her body as a support for her happenings in the 60's. No inihitions of showing your true self as would have said Virginia woolf using the stream of consciousness in her novels. Kusama is truly dedicated to her work/polka dot obsession, making it something that is part of her life! She's wearing polka dots, living in a polka dot world like in the KUSAMA  furniture,2002: revealing her furniture pieces with graph. How far can we go to make your life a whole statement! Kusama's obviously got the answer: all over polka dots printed uniform. A print that is not particulary easy to wear.  Art and fashion are definitely two media that are very close. Hence the fashion aspect of the post, not going to bubble only about Miss Kusama's work/way of living, living in a polka dots world with wardrobe full of polka dots weirdness. It appears very hard to translate Kusama's conceptual wardrobe.











But Marc Jacobs, a man with no inhibitions, fascinated by Kusama's work yearning to collaborate with her after their first meeting in 2006, looking for inspiration for a bag (arranging colourful polka dots on Vuitton sketches ), was the man that could translate it with Louis Vuitton last year. Kusama's capsule collection including clothes, bags and other goodies ( Alice in Wonderland illustrated by her, tiny statues of her..) was obviously articulated around the polka dots print. Jacobs could only have dreamt of it and this very collaboration carries away Vuitton into Kusama's fantasy world of polka dots. We wonder what the regular Vuitton cliente thinks of Kusama: a weirdo Japanese artist living in an asylum! You can imagine that this matter never crossed their minds because all they wanted was to buy avant-garde, luxury  and exclusive pieces in a phantasmagorical boutique designed by Kusama herself. You can imagine people saying it's not about buying clothes or about fashion or trends maybe not about Jacobs... it's about buying art!








Fashion as an art is perhaps a big bad word for designers who often consider they are not artists, not making art but just beautiful clothes. Rei Kawakubo doesn't consider herself like a artist even if  she's using polka dots like an artist signature on a painting. Kawakubo is a strong woman who actually decides to create clothes for women and named it Comme des Garçons. Clothes that look like art but are only clothes: " I realize clothes have to be worn and sold to a certain number of people. That's the difference between a painter or sculptor and a clothing designer."
Kawakubo certainly designs for boys and girls with no inhibitions, boys and girls who are not afraid of wearing polka dots for sure! 










William Richard Green, a london-based designer graduated from Central Saint Martins, also shares the polka dots obsession with the two Japanese women. Born in the countryside near Birmingham then went to London, Green has always tried to translate his British culture into his collections. Green's style is unique  ( playful, utilitarian, masculine and polka dots ) and surely knows no inhibitions, describing his ideal client as "a really rich chav who loves to dress like a clown!" About his influences he said " i look at what could be described as the anti-postcard version of Britain. I try as much as possible to not look at fashion at all when in the design process."

Wiilliam Richard Green, Rei kawakubo and Yayoi Kusama express themselves,  create, perhaps relate to their own cultures, explore their deepest obsessions, trying to tell a polka dots story that sometimes keep us awake at night, a story we want to share with you for so long, about a grotesque print that means a lot to us and that we really, really love.








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