Robert Wilson Lady Gaga as Marat from The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David 2013
Bottom: Doug Aitken Arles
Both McQueen and Aitken handle the au courant with an organic and utterly unique hand. I think a collection of McQueen’s couture would look at home and be heightened that much more (to think that’s possible!) against an Aitken landscape video installation.
Top: Versace Runway
Bottom: Sylvie Fleury
It’s not just advertisements that I think there could be more/better collaborations with. In the last few years runway presentations have become more elaborate (and more “influenced" by established and well known art). So let’s skip the appropriation and go straight to the artist! Is there anyone who says “yes to all” more than Donatella Versace? Didn’t think so.
More Fantasy Hires.
Bottom: Kehinde Wiley
Wiley is a bit cheating because his portraits integrate fashion so deftly and deeply, BUT I didn’t go for the easy way out and just pick a designer that easily mimics his portrayed fashions. Balmain’s marriage of strength and beauty, the contemporary with the classic is a perfect match for Wiley’s urban by way of the Rococo portrait style.
More Fantasy Hiring.
Top: Moschino Ad 2014
Bottom: Ryan Trecartin
Both deal so heavily with popular culture and the “now” it would be a match made in heaven. Trecartin’s aesthetic is quite a bit messier than their traditional advertorials go for but I think that not only would that be key for garnering a younger demographic, but for shaking up the brand. To be a fly on the wall during the meeting between Trecartin and Jeremy Scott! I feel like their desire to one-up each other would be overwhelmed by their deeply compatible visual sensibilities and compulsive need to create something new and now.
Top: Tom Ford Sunglasses Advertisement
Bottom: Taryn Simon Nuclear Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility
Simon has a way of making even the grotesque and horrifying look rich and beautiful, can you imagine what she would do if she started out with the rich and beautiful?
Top: Celine Ad by Juergen Teller 2012
Bottom: Elad Lassry
Nothing against Teller, I love his aesthetic, but I think it would be interesting to see what a talented absurd colorist could do with a Celine ad. It’s tangential, and I think the transition would be a smooth one, but I feel like Lassry could push their ads a bit further into a really unique and take notice territory.
Bottom: Marilyn Minter
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I mean, if you’re going to be paying what I am sure is an extraordinary day rate for Mert & Marcus, at least get something better than a bad Minter rip off.
If you think about it, a lot of these advertorial photographers day rates are well over $100k, why not hire the artist?* Or at least try? Or at least try to get something original?
That is going to be today. I’m going to post my fantasy artist/fashion collaborations.
*Besides the obvious that the artist doesn’t want to participate.