Combining Vivienne Westwood's ethos with Juergen Teller's eros, with a dash of Femen's flash politics, the London-based label P-iFashion — short for Politically Incorrect Fashion — has released its fall ad campaign. And, well, the collection is completely invisible, living up to its title. Nary a thread can be found in the au naturel photos by Pawel Tkaczyk. There's no shortage of text, however, which naturally reads like a manifesto. Here's but a partial list of protests...
— Today’s fashion industry is governed by greed and not by vision or talent.
— The time has come to reconsider the way today’s fashion industry exploits rather than inspires.
— [We] reject the fashion industry’s cruelty of using cheap sweatshop factories to produce more and more while spending less and less.
— [We] object to the fashion industry’s ruthlessness of pushing people to buy more and more.
— Either walk naked or reinvent your existing wardrobe in the way you wish.
There are, of course, actual garments — women's and men's basics that have been illustrated by a selection of artists. The provocative campaign is the brainchild of the label's Polish-born creative director, Arkadius. No stranger to shock value, Arkadius graduated from Central St Martins in 1997 with a reputation for irreverence and admirers who included Isabella Blow and Bjork. Clearly, the tradition continues.
Obsessed with pop culture and driven by mischievousness, Finnish artist Mari Kasurinen has altered dozens of My Little Pony figurines over the years to resemble a variety of beloved celebrities and characters of fiction.
In her My Little Pop Icons series, she's meticulously outfitted her creations with the accoutrements and mannerisms of their adopted personality. Karl Lagerfeld appears fashionably aloof behind large sunglasses, Ziggy Stardust gazes skyward in legwarmers, and Lady Gaga dons her that meat dress, her most memorable.
Randy Hage — artist, set designer, and former FIT instructor — spends untold hours meticulously, obsessively reconstructing some of New York's most iconic storefronts, less iconic bodegas, and plain random buildings. In miniature! The images you see below are not what they seem, but rather shoebox-sized recreations...
French photographer Charles Fréger is in search of adventure — adventures in costumery. For his ongoing Wilder Mann portrait series, he visits all corners of Europe — 19 countries and counting — seeking the mythical 'wild man,' specifically what he might have worn as a glimpse into what he might have thought.
Fréger researches and cosplays various European masquerade traditions and popular imagery with the ultimate aim of dismantling the notion of the prehistoric caveman as savage and unintelligent. "We now know," he points out, "that our Homo Sapiens DNA contains 5% of Neanderthal genes." In the meantime, he's clearly having fun dressing up — pagan-style.
Like all in Björk's creative coterie, mask-maker James Merry (what a name!) works with the hand of a craftsman and the soul of an artist. For the British native — who splits his time between bustling New York and a remote cabin in Iceland, surrounded only by mossy outcroppings and fields of lavender — it's all about quiet contemplation and profound transformation.
The latest fruit of their six-year collaboration, which began in the early stages of Björk's Biophilia album, is among the most memorable: a hand-embroidered headpiece — in which she performed at the Governor's Ball in New York — that covered large swaths of her face and head with splotchy lace and meandering Miró-like lines. Worn with an enormous winged dress by the Danish designer Nikoline Liv Andersen, green and black with flashes of yellow, she resembled an exotic butterfly, the kind that flits about her barren island paradise. And therein lies the common ground between the two: a respect for one's roots and a passion for personal expression.