COMME des MARXISTS -- White Columns, New York 2013 / Performa, 2013
Cat Walk - White Columns, New York / Peroforma 2013
Intallation view - White Columns, New York
about this work text
NEW YORK, LOS ANGLES, ISTAMBUL, BUCKAREST, CAIRO, TUNIS .... more boutiques opening in the near future
Rei Kawakubo travelled from Japan to Germany to meet and had a long stop over in Moscow.
allow for a linguistic hint: Like Beuys - Like Boys tarnslates as comme des garçon - Hence Like Marxists.
COMME des MARXISTS
After a Comme des garçon store visit in New York, featuring a felt collection that borrowed from the constructivist designs of Stepanova the title COMME des MARXISTS flashed up in my head. I played with their logo and started to make drawings for an appropriate new collection under this title using felt as well. Like with Karl Marx Wears Prada I quickly emphasized the textual qualities these fashion surfaces offered and worked a summer through thousands and thousands of Euros of 100 % woolen felt and specialized labor. Not only did I revisit the Stepanova designs and used the star from the Japanese logo but soon became interested in proposing my own designs originating from fast hand sketches that were somehow tailored in reality playing extensively with the soviet symbols of stars, hammers and sickles as well as words like Class Struggle or Profit . Here too, contradictions became very quickly apparent and be they just by the exclusive and insanely expensive materials and modes of manual skilled productions with the very sentences and concepts I tried to convey. Once departed on that road, many more ideas and were generated and took off as discussed below.
COMME des MARXISTS
COMME des MARXISTS, Stepanova's Star for Revolutionary Boys, 1920 / 2013
sports costume, 3 and 5 mm thick, 100% wool /felt, design assistance Yesayan Hasmik, modelling: Isabella Lodge, Adrian Saich
jasmin.. haben wir das korrigiert.. das ist sehr RUND... DER REUCKEN... UNTEN IM BILD ?S
props to use:
porps to be DRESSED IN FELT ... for the RUNWAY SHOW