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WEAR YOUR ART ON YOUR SLEEVE

Live out your exhibitionist fantasy

18.02.2021

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'Everyday Is Like Sunday'.

If there was ever a song for our times it would be this, courtesy of Morrissey. Sustained monotony is a hard relate for all of us at this point: going to the same coffee shop (an excuse to do something, anything), same park (ugh), same corner shop (wine, needs must), wearing the same outfit (don’t ask). As a result of this weird post-boredom simulation we now find ourselves at a psychological junction – both craving company and yet completely terrified at the prospect of resuming a social life again. Things that seem mission impossible? Having a conversation that isn’t opened or punctuated with the subject "pandemic", hugging that doesn’t induce a wave of dread and fear, dinner parties minus performance anxiety.

When feasible, we advise this to ease yourself into Doing Things Again: go to an art gallery. Avec nobody. Truly, it’s the best of both worlds: optimum eavesdropping potential, you can stare at walls that are not yours, and, even if you end up hating the actual exhibition, there is a high chance of leaving with at least a little more creative impetus than you had before entering. So, in these creativity-deprived times – seriously, who has ideas anymore? – and while we wait patiently for galleries to open their doors, instead go to the next best thing...wearable art.

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Can’t see Derek Ridgers’ (famous for capturing 1970s youth in revolt) exhibition The Lovers at Saint Laurent Rive Droite, the Parisian label’s gallery space? The vintage images on display – featuring a relic of pre-pandemic life, couples snogging – have also been printed on a selection of T-shirts and hoodies. Elsewhere, UNIQLO recently unveiled a four-year partnership with Musée du Louvre in Paris, kicking off with artful apparel; Dr. Martens have released a limited-edition collection of silhouettes decorated with Keith Haring’s playful graffiti art; British knitwear brand HADES' new cardigan ‘The Flannery’ is an homage to visionary artist, poet and printmaker William Blake. Fashion has the power to be a form of escapism – of artistic expression – and, well, god knows we could all use more of that these days.

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