The British Fashion Council’s Fashion + Art Collusion

The British Fashion Council in partnership with the Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation has enlisted nine artist and fashion designer pairings to create unique artworks to be displayed this summer during the 2012 Olympics in London.  The program, entitled “Britain Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion,” launched in late June and runs through September 9th.

Only one set of partners created a wearable garment for the initiative. Giles Deacon and conceptual artist Jeremy Deller constructed a full-body running suit with flowing train, accompanied by a leather-lashed staff and a crested headdress of leaves and feathers, skillfully blending elements of Olympic history with runway-worthy features.  In another piece, Matthew Williamson teamed up with Mat Collishaw to update one of the artist’s crushed butterfly paintings. The fashion designer embellished the broken butterfly with panels of beading and gems.

Additional designer-artist pairings in the program include Hussein Chalayan and Gavin Turk, Paul Smith and Charming Baker, Stephen Jones and Cerith Wyn Evans, Mary Katrantzou and Mark Titchner, Nicholas Kirkwood and Simon Periton, Peter Pilotto, Christopher De Vos and Francis Upritchard and Jonathan Saunders and Jess Flood-Paddock.

The works will be viewable to the public from July 6-29 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and then in an installation at Selfridges through August 19th.

Giles Deacon and Jeremy Deller, Untitled

Matthew Williamson and Mat Collishaw, Lepiszoulo

Paul Smith and Charming Baker, Triumph in the Face of Absurdity, 2012

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