September 5, 2014

SPECIAL PROJECT | Fashion Director and Consultant

The Look for the DESTE Foundation's destefashioncollection. Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s 2013 commission examines the notion of lifecycles and their transcendence in fashion and architecture. Since shooting The Look's 18 tableaux at Philip Johnson's Glass House, the project has continued to evolve and spark conversation. The latest updates: 
The Look is currently on display as part of DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION: 1 to 8, an exhibition that brings together all of the destefashioncollection commissions for the first time. The show will remain on view through October 12, 2014. More information is available here.

Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annexe
138 Pireos & Andronikou St.

The tableaux from The Look will be published in a book of the same title which will be available in the fall. More information on the book release to come.

June 27, 2014

destefashioncollection #7 : DILLER SCOFODIO + RENFRO

Project The Look

Architecture is to building as fashion is to clothing: both may be seen as excesses of their functional roots.  Whereas in fashion the adjective "architectural" is an asset, a positive term that applies to a design with distinctively strong structure and form, the term "fashionable" in architecture is pejorative, suggesting a fleeting trend with no lasting worth. Architecture's aspiration to permanence is a product not only of the high investment required to build but also of its commitment to lasting values. Fashion, by contrast, is driven by the manic desire to constantly refresh. The life span of a trend is a season, not a century. Both disciplines converge at the classic, a status reserved for the rare design of irreducible perfection that can withstand the test of time.
...As trends typically come and go, only to return again, the fast wheel of fashion sometimes falls into alignment with the slow motion of architecture. This peculiar synchrony between "fashion time" and "architecture time" is both unsettling and liberating. The Look is a narrative in eighteen scenes about youth, aging, timelessness, and identity. It is set in an ambiguous time. Dispersed throughout are ten accessories that comprise the 2013 capsule collection. These selections from runway...and ready-to-wear collections are "assisted" classics. They are so highly mannered with today's sensibilities that they live in a state of past-present. One of architecture's modernist icons, Philip Johnson's Glass House of 1949... is a key protaganist.

Fashion Director: ALLEGRA COLLETTI

The Look, along with the 10 accessories which make up the 2013 capsule collection, will be presented for the first time as part of  an exhibition entitled DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION: 1 to 8. The show will be open at the Benaki Museum, Pireos Street Annexe on June 25, 2014 and will be on view until October 12, 2014. For more information on the show, please click below.

May 26, 2014


People who like red are either geniuses or madmen.

— Yasujiro Ozu, film director

April 1, 2014

Creative Chaos

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

March 27, 2014

Art Attack : Sonic Blast from the Past

Tape Recorder Art by Ei Wada

Obsessed by the analog machines of the past, Japanese musician Ei Wada  mastered the craft of tweaking the sounds from old tape recorders. He performed wild shows with the Open Reel Ensemble, from the stage of TEDxTokyo to last year’s Issey Miyake catwalk, creating unique sounds from analog sources.
The artist recreated the analog magic for the visitors of last month’s Media Arts Festival in his work Toki Ori Ori Nasu. With their wheels slowly turning, 4 old-fashioned recorders poured their tapes into narrow glass containers, creating ever-changing twisted shapes. Once the tapes came to an end, the spectators were in for a surprising musical treat:
Among the elaborate high-tech installations of the festival, this surprisingly simple tribute to analog media resonated well with the audience. The tape patterns mesmerized those who came near the work, and crowds rushed to the recorders as soon as the tapes rewinded. We can thank Ai Wada for showing us that after decades of use – and years of abandon – old media still has surprises in store for us.

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February 26, 2014

The Edge

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge, you can see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.

—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

January 1, 2014

Joy to the World...