A new exhibit in Milan explores Jean Paul Goude’s extraordinary imagery, in particular the women who've played muse along the way.
The French photographer's unapologetically retouched oeuvre includes Naomi Campbell racing a cheetah; models dashing across a finish line in billowing couture and high heels; and 70s model Carolina Beaumont balancing a glass of champagne on her rear (he'd have Kim Kardashian do the same decades later).
With Prada, Raf Simons, Nike, and Cos all having a presence at Milan’s Salone del Mobile 2016, one might surmise that the marriage between fashion and design has again been consummated. Indeed, the retailers’ presence at the week-long event, which drew over 41,000 visitors from around the world, is an example of how far-reaching the design world has become.
Update 4/15/16: Confirmed today by his nephew, Malick Sidibé has died of undisclosed causes, having been ill for some time. He was 80.
Malick Sidibé, the Malian photographer celebrated for chronicling his country’s flourishing culture and style following independence from France in 1960, sees his sixth solo exhibition at Jack Shainman gallery in New York. The show traces Sidibé's illustrious career with a diverse selection of vintage and recent black-and-white prints, some of which have never been exhibited.
While internationally acclaimed for his formal portraits and candid shots of exuberant parties and nightclubs, capturing a sense of freedom and modernity among youth in post-colonial Mali, Sidibé also presents lesser-known works. Street scenes and interiors show everyday Malians in their element.
Malick Sidibé, March 17 – April 23, 2016, Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 W 20th St, NYC
As the once-moribund realm of haute couture enjoys renewed interest, and as the world of ready-to-wear already encompasses some of the most luxurious and fanciful clothing anywhere (fast fashion notwithstanding), one can't help but wonder what exactly is the difference between the two crafts.
A new exhibition in Belgium examines the modern relationship between couture and ready-to-wear, and the cross-pollination between them. A selection of standout silhouettes and accessories from a variety of designers and houses — from Chanel and Valentino to Dries Van Noten and Viktor & Rolf — is on view for the marveling masses. In the internet age, these are pieces that must be seen in person to appreciate their full glory.
Haute-à-Porter, April 2 - September 11, 2016, Modemuseum Hasselt, Belgium
There's no shortage of nuttiness in fashion, but Bas Kosters really busts the nut-o-meter. Rather than clothes, the Dutch designer makes what he calls soft sculptures, or what others might call life-size piñatas — all hand-crafted through photo collage, decoupage, embroidery, and what's officially known in fashion as gluing on found shiny things.
Kosters also dabbles in doll-making, jewelry design, performance art, and product collaborations (Bugaboo, Heineken, Wehkamp). All of which will make for a particularly colorful retrospective at Museum Arnhem this summer (in partnership with stylist and curator Maarten Spruyt), where his oft-overlooked subtext — gender fluidity, race parity, ideals of beauty — will be explored.
Currently portraying the celebrated, oft-quoted Oscar Wilde in the play The Judas Kiss in Toronto (which will travel to New York's BAM in May), Rupert Everett is also planning to star in a biopic he wrote about the playwright.
The film, which looks at Wilde’s life in exile, after serving two years hard labor for 'indecent' acts with other men, will begin shooting in September. Everett says, however, it’s already been eight years in the making due to his trouble securing financing. “The sad thing for me was, if I had written it probably three years before, I would have found it easier,” he explained. “But I was past my sell-by date, so it just wasn’t that easy. I was very lucky to have theater as the next string to my bow because everything else kind of folded up on me.”