Louis Vuitton & Richard Prince Dinner; London, June 24.
Famed artist Richard Prince will be designing a limited collection of Louis Vuitton bags. This marks the artist's second collaboration with the company. The 50 numbered and signed ostrich and canvas Jamais bags will be sold exclusively in London at Vuitton's Sloane Street store during Prince's solo "Continuation" show at the Serpentine Gallery June 26 to Sept. 7.
The artsy handbags are set to sell for a whopping $17,800, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Serpentine. Wow, now that's a collectible piece of art.
Last week, at a lecture in which David Wolfe, creative director of The Doneger Group, spoke about Spring 2009 trends, he began with the topic of appropriation. Nothing new can come of fashion, he warned us, and consequentially appropriation will be a great battle in the years to come. Also touched upon, was Wolfe's articulation that one of the most interesting ways for designers to find newness is to look to art and architecture for inspiration. There, he said, newness is abundant.
A parallel story, in this narrative of appropriation, are artists like Richard Prince (who recently collaborated with Marc Jacobs, a designer not free of appropriation scrutiny) who recycles cultural material to make his own (even if it simply involves enlargement). Prince is not alone, that is, hundreds of Parson's and Chelsea College graduates are investing in their pop-saturated upbringing in this way (Parson's is also notorious for lecturing it's fashion students on the impossibility of newness, and the delicacies of fashion plagiarism), by openly sampling images or media to use as the basis of their work. The trick, it seems, is appropriating content from another medium.
Today we discovered another young artist in the Prince/Warhol gamut, Shane Bradford, pointed to us by our London-based Coutorture partner, StyleBubble. Bradford gives us more evidence of the entwining concept of property in art, where if only designers appropriated art (and not other designs), they'd be off the hook.
Vogue, British edition March 2003, Nick Knight, model: Natasha Vojnovic