Oscar Wilde, Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde

Rupert Everett Reimagines Oscar Wilde

Currently portraying the celebrated, oft-quoted Oscar Wilde in the play The Judas Kiss at BAM, 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.”

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Mar 22, 2016 13:12:00
Issey Miyake, National Art Center, Tokyo

Issey Miyake, the Master Shape-Shifter

It all began in 1960 when Issey Miyake, a student in the graphic design department at Tama Art University, sent a letter to the World Design Conference, which was being held for the first time in Japan. The letter took issue with the fact that fashion design was not included in the event.

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Mar 18, 2016 13:13:00
Comme des Garçons fall 2012, Vogue Japan, photo Mark Segal

Cristóbal Balenciaga, the Ultimate Game Changer

At the Paris collections, all eyes were on Balenciaga, as newly envisioned by Demna Gvasalia, of the label Vetements. But a new exhibition in Antwerp takes a look at the master couturier's influence and legacy.

The exhibition of 100 or so garments examines at the groundbreaking work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, architect of innovation, whose midcentury marvels created a radically loose silhouette and furthered women's liberation from the corset.

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Mar 10, 2016 15:05:00
700 Nimes Road at MOCA

Objectifying Elizabeth Taylor

When viewing Catherine Opie's new works, photographs of Elizabeth Taylor's Bel-Air home around the time of her death, the viewer is struck by a paradox — that although she was a Hollywood demigod, she was, underneath all that glitz and glamour, a human and a humanitarian.

Inspired by intimate images of Elvis Presley’s Graceland by William Eggleston, Opie carefully cataloged rooms, closets, shoes, clothing, and jewelry, created an personal composite of the actress — although the two never met. In all, Opie spent six months in the beginning of 2011 capturing roughly 3,000 images of her residence and belongings.

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Feb 29, 2016 18:02:00
Helmut Newton's Pages from the Glossies

Paging Helmut Newton

Context is everything. In the spirit of artistic relativism, Taschen is reprinting Pages from the Glossies, a book of Helmut Newton photos as they initially appeared in magazines, from Vogue and Elle to Queen and Stern, between 1956 and 1998. Which is to say, these images — many of which have acquired iconic status — remain true to their source, retaining all the accoutrements of their original glory: headlines, text, captions, and so on.

In tandem, the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin will present blowups from the softcover book beginning December 4, 2015, showcasing more than 230 magazine pages.

 

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Nov 17, 2015 13:47:00
Bjork in Iris Van Herpen

Iris Van Herpen to Exhibit in the U.S.

No one creates high-tech, bio-diverse demi-couture like Iris Van Herpen, who'll be the toast of Atlanta when the High Museum of Art becomes the first U.S. museum to dedicate a major exhibit to the Dutch designer.

The exhibit will feature 45 looks, including Van Herpen's trademark 3D-printing, computer modeling, engraving, and rapid prototyping.

November 7, 2015 - May 15, 2016, High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta

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Oct 19, 2015 21:14:00
Labyrinth of Undercover

Uncovering Undercover

It's hard to believe that Undercover is 25 years old, probably because the Japanese label only decamped for Paris from Tokyo in 2003. But now designer Jun Takahashi has returned home with a retrospective at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. The exhibit — aptly titled Labyrinth of Undercover, hinting at the complexity of the multi-faceted label — showcases roughly 100 of Takahashi's more provocative pieces, along with runway videos, paintings, and his peculiar and rather nightmarish 'Grace' dolls.

Labyrinth of Undercover, October 10 - December 23, 2015, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Nishi 3-20-2, Japan

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Oct 14, 2015 18:16:00
Maiko Takeda, 2013

Attempting Utopia

A new fashion exhibit in Stockholm attempts utopia by examining notions of solidarity, memory, gender identity, technology, and sustainability — and by looking at a coterie of contemporary visionaries. The Liljevalchs Konsthall has assembled roughly 200 unconventional pieces from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, Viktor & Rolf, Hussein Chalayan, Walter van Beirendonck, Comme des Garçons, Dries Van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela, Prada, and Raf Simons for Dior.

Further, in the Memory Room, a small group of fashion-world luminaries has been asked to exhibit a garment that tells a personal story. Participants include Hamish Bowles (Vogue), Roy Andersson (director, Twiggy, Lykke Li, and Christian Lacroix. Swedish designers, too, were commissioned to create unique items, including Ann-Sofie Back, Bea Szenfeld, and CMMN SWDN.

Utopian Bodies: Fashion Looks Forward, Sep 15, 2015 - Feb 7, 2016, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Djurgårdsvägen 60, Stockholm, Sweden

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Oct 12, 2015 14:09:00
Gosha Rubchinskiy's Youth Hotel

Just the Pics Please: Gosha Rubchinskiy's Youth Hotel

Is there a designer who doesn't take photos on the side? How better to reinforce a label's image? That's the thinking behind Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy's new book, Youth Hotel ($45), published by Dover Street Market's IDEA imprint. That IDEA is in the business of fast-publishing — as in only a few days — is very much in keeping with the transient, move-by-night nature of Rubchinskiy's own youth in Russia.

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Oct 08, 2015 12:45:00

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