Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 Alessi project

Alessi project which received the 22nd Compasso d'Oro award in July 2011, inspired by classical Dutch painting. Love the composition of this picture.

Exclusive interview with emerging fashion designer Giuseppe Virgone

For my last interview of the year, I am proud to introduce you to the work of Giuseppe Virgone, an Italian emerging fashion designer who launched his first collection in 2010. Let's dive into his gothic and almost theatrical universe paved with historical references.

When is your brand born?
The project started in late 2009 when I gave birth to a first collection called  "An animal must die". It was unveiled at the RA shop in Antwerp a few days after its opening. I presented my work as a performance with an installation which related to this universe.

Who, from the fashion or "creative world" do you take inspiration from?
I am inspired a lot by the past, by strong characters, Greek mythology, and religious belief.  Also from the works of contemporary artists such as Romeo Castellucci, the Chapman brothers etc. and strangely music inspires me a lot too.

Can you tell us a bit more about your background please?
I am a young fashion designer based in Brussels trained at the National School of Visual Arts of La Cambre in Brussels.

After an internship at Gaspard Yurkievich as a “modist”, I launched my first men winter collection in 2010 called "An animal must die."

This collection evokes the fate of a mortal man, an unconditional love for an animal and the incomprehension of unjustified actions. Space and movements of the body are the essential focuses of my work.

Can you tell us about your latest collection?
I called this collection "Broken agreement" because it defines what Savonarole (an Italian Dominican friar) lived. First, there was a religious belief. This belief drove him mad.  Politics and religion were mixed in his mind, he wanted to control everything but nothing worked. All this power drove him to his loss and his death.
This collection reflects the time when the religious soul is confronted with a half human, half monster shell!
It is a portrait of Girolamo Savonarola, a priest who died in the bonfire in Florence, Italy in 1498. This character took over the city, censored nudity and the vanity of painters of the time. Contemporary thought was not welcome.

This collection is a transformation of the body and the mind. We begin with a very simple world, a mix of sacred and religion which then breaks down and merges into more contemporary shapes, materials, animal tissue, aggressive embroidery stifling the body.

In the end it will give way to fantasy where reality mixes with dream.
 Bodies are cracking, the power falls, burns the vanity, the mind becomes king! The garment is made up as if the body wanted to say something, a moment of pure grace in which all souls oscillate. Nothing has value, while there, everything disappears. There is not even a border between the body, between words and surfaces.

My work is very dark.

What do you think about French Fashion's scene?
I really like Paris for the Menswear fashion week.  Collections are always right, but perhaps a little hard to penetrate when you are a young fashion designer. I wish for a Belgian fashion week. It would make things easier for us to show our work.

Have you had any support from other fashion figure?
As we speak, I am alone showing this body of work.

What are you expressing through your designs?
First of all I dress a space, a movement and then the body. I like to create a tragedy before suffocating the body. 
I really like the ritual of dressing and undressing. I like to say that throughout our movements, a celebration will be born.

Are you showing at Paris Fashion week or any other fashion weeks?
Yes, I will present my work as a video-performance-look book. I don’t have any space yet.

Where can we find your designs?
My first collection was sold in Antwerp at the RA shop and next month it will be available on:

To finish with, what would you wish to this blog and what do you think about it?
Your blog is well designed, a kind of diary for fashion. If you need any fashion information, your blog surely gives the answer.
I’d like to see a list of buyers and some "showroom space".

Thanks to  Giuseppe.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

This is exactly how I feel...

Season's greetings from Banksy?

Interesting picture

Really like this image from I-D.

Raf Simons for Jil Sander, The Pick Me Up Issue

Photography: Willy Vanderperre
Styling: Olivier Rizzo

Friday, December 23, 2011

I wish you a punk Christmas

I wish you all a punk Christmas ! Enjoy the break and stay tuned for more interesting content on Art is Alive.

R.I.P scultpor John Chamberlain

Exclusive: the first look at Madonna's fragrance ad

Madonna's Truth or Dare fragrance ad has strangely leaked on two famous blog / website and I wanted to share it with you in exclusivity. Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, it it pretty much inspired by Lee Miller.

What do you think about it?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cristóbal Balenciaga Museo, Spain Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa – Aldamar Parkea, 6 20808 Getaria

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Louis Vuitton condom

By Irakli Kiziria, architect and artist. To F*ck with style !

The beauty of Soviet brutalism by Taschen

Photographer Frédéric Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what he considers to be the fourth age of Soviet architecture. His poetic pictures, published by TASCHEN in the book entitled CCCP Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990. Contrary to the 1920s and 1950s, no “school” or main trend emerges here. These buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system. Their diversity announced the end of the Soviet Union. 

Fascinating and scary ! A nice Christmas present! Anyone?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

Love this video! Pease folks take notes because we will soon see Lana del Rey on every single cover of magazines from Dazed to Vogue ! I am sure ! I love her style, her universe, her fragile and not-oh-so naive attitude... She's the next big thing for sure...

"When Nico ruled the world" dixit Lou Reed today on Facebook

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Francisco Godia Foundation presents a major exhibition of works by contemporary artists from private collections

This exhibition curated by Sara Puig, the director of the Foundation, features artworks by Anish Kapoor, Cristina Iglesias and Andreas Gursky, Robert Mapplethorpe and Bill Viola, Ignasi Aballí and Cindy Sherman, among many other originating from private collectors based in Barcelona.

Barcelona Colecciona. From December 14, 2011 to March 26, 2012

Fundació Francisco Godia, Diputación, 250. Barcelona

King Karl wishes you a Beautiful Christmas

Karl who will style the next edition of the Paris Biennale des Antiquaires has also styled the windows of the Printemps shop in Paris - Opéra, wishing us a Merry Christmas ! Thank you Karl !

Marilyn ice cream

Stoyn were selling their crazy ice creams at Fountain Art Fair in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach, 1–4 Dec, 2011.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Thailand International Furniture Fair

These sofas will be exhibited at the next Thailand International Furniture Fair will take place from 14 to 18 March 2012 in Bangkok. I love them !

Florence + The Machine's Choice

I really like Florence + the Machine, especially her song "What the water gave" played at the recent Chanel song which was a beautiful moment. She's now taking part in an interesting campaign called Secret 7.

Secret 7 is an exciting project combining music and art in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. Seven bands and recording artists are inviting creatives to design the artwork for a seven inch vinyl sleeve inspired by one of their songs. The project will culminate in 700 unique vinyl sleeves displayed in Idea Generation Gallery in London in the week leading up to Record Store Day 2012. On that day, each of the vinyls at the gallery will be available to purchase with all of the profits going to Teenage Cancer Trust.

None of the buyers will know who created the sleeve, or even which song it's for, until they are holding it in their hands - the secret lies within.

In this challenge, Florence + The Machine has selected the track 'Only If For A Night' and are inviting creatives to interpret the song, however they please, via an original piece of seven inch artwork. This is an incredible opportunity for aspiring artists and designers to collaborate with one of the world's most loved bands, to have their artwork seen by millions, be exhibited alongside established artists and in the process, raise valuable funds for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Hedi Slimane Exhibition at MOCA’s Pacific Design Center

Little people know why Slimane revolutionized men's fashion: because he cut suits in a way that had never been done before. Inspired by the Bauhaus school, his cut was almost feminine. He's the reason why Lagerfeld lost so much weight...

 After he left Dior Homme in 2007 at the top of his game, he became a full-time photographer. The results of his career as a photographer is currently exhibited at the MOCA in L.A where he spent significant time photographing Venice-beach skaters and celebrities...

 MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch said:
“Hedi Slimane has created a new and fresh visual language for youth today… his black-and-white images capture the essential expression of the emerging art, fashion, and music scenes around the world.”

The Hedi Slimane Exhibit runs until January 22, 2011. Let me know what you think if you have a chance to see the show... I won't have the chance to.

Quote of the week: Trent Reznor on Bowie

"It started to feel like if I didn't force myself into a change I would regret it. It's a fear of not wanting to try things because you're in a comfort zone. I always think about my hero David Bowie and his fearlessness to destroy something that isn't ready to break yet and start something new. He'd throw out an identity, confuse his audience and it's a great risk career-wise. But he had the balls and didn't milk it out to the last drop".  
Trent Reznor on releasing another album in 2012 with NIN.

Rooney Mara is on the cover of Dazed

David Fincher's "the girl with the dragon tattoo" kills this cover, in McQueen !

Azzedine Alaïa at the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands

From 11 December 2011 to 6 May 2012, the Groninger Museum presents an exhibition dedicated to the fashion designer and artist Azzedine Alaïa. This exhibition displays the most fantastic creations of the last ten years. This show is a follow-on to the overview of his work shown in the Groninger Museum in 1998, which was subsequently displayed at the Brant Foundation in New York in 2002.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

World AIDS Day: Martin Margiela

"There is more action to be done to fight AIDS than to wear this T-shirt but it's a good start", reads the slogan across Maison Martin Margiela's World AIDS Day T-shirts, available here:

Tilda Swinton graces the cover of The Room

Exclusive interview with fashion film Director Jason Last

Meet the incredibly talented and well-established fashion film Director, artist and friend Jason Last. Jason has been an Art is Alive supporter since the beginning and exclusively for Art is Alive he agreed to provide more insights on his inspiration, his next projects and his amazing artistic approach.

Can you introduce yourself please?

Hi, I'm Jason Last.

How did it all start for you?

I've always been drawn to moving image & sound - especially growing up watching a lot of music videos & seeing video art. I've always somehow played & worked with video. When I decided to study in Fine Arts,  I specialized in video & from there, it grew - technically & mentally.
In terms of fashion film; defining the genre personally came from my early (to recent) collaborations with Jaime Rubiano. We experimented with, & blended the worlds that drive & inspire us creatively; art, fashion, film, performance, photo. It was quite a natural process.

Can you tell us about your recent projects?

Right now I am working on a longer film with complexgeometries, featuring their SS12 collection w/ Andrej Pejic, & a score composed by Grimes - who is amazing.. called The King's Son.  
Also, completing a film from last year, Barrel Of A Gun (BOAG), which tells somewhat a story through narration. 
Jaime & I just completed Scalpel/Stradivarius (first video above) which we are quite excited about. It is presented by Vogue Italia & features live performance by Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire/The Bell Orchestre), who composed the score for the film, & model Meghan Collison. It won prize at ASVOFF4 in Paris this year, & is circulating to various festivals/ screening at the moment. It features all kinds of designers from Ackermann to Demeulemeester to Givenchy. (

Which one are you most proud of?
I don't know if we are more proud of one more than others. Each piece has it's own life & identity. I know that as the work grows & develops; so does our ability to make stronger work. We're always defining & redefining what we do.

Is video the best medium to showcase fashion? 

I don't think so. There is definitely an intimacy with the clothing & design that can be achieved with video for the viewer, & there is control over presentation & concept; with music, narrative, whatever... but there's nothing like a strong runway show, & the energy & experience of live performance. Video is an incredible & important vehicle for fashion, but it's only one.


Who or what do you take your inspiration from?
My past, art, a lot of music, nature. normal things.. too many things. I work very closely with Jaime, who's creative mind continuously pushes hard at our work.

Who would you be interested to work with if you had the choice?
A lot of the people I want to work with are in music. Creative subjects that bring their own art to the table. My art reflected through my idols.
Crossover of genres is very interesting to me. Collaboration is everything. Music, art, fashion, performance - these worlds have always worked somehow together, & those incestuous combinations fascinate me the most creatively.
In fashion, again there are too many designers & models that I want to create & collaborate with.

Would you consider doing something else if you were not an artist? 


To finish with, what do you think and wish to this blog?
Art Is Alive is one of the first sites I remember looking at years ago. & I always have connected to the way it integrates art & fashion. 

More info on:

Thank you so much Jason.
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