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Not scared of drawing outside the lines, these five creatives are challenging why lines exist at all. Get a hearty dose of inspiration from this list of modern masters and fresh blood that can't be pigeonholed into a neat designer box.
Rei Kawakubo | Comme des Garçons
Kawakubo's designs challenge the female archetype with her signature avant-garde shapes that push the boundaries of garment construction. She is the brain behind Comme des Garçons while also overseeing the architecture, interior design and installations of every store across the world. The epitome of a creative director.
To dive deeper into her design ethos, we stumbled across this insightful article for Dezeen here.
Fan girl alert | This unedited email chat between Kawakubo and Björk is a must read. You're welcome.
We've been following Miranda for some time now. In our eyes, this lady can do no wrong. She effortlessly blends the roles of artist, model, designer, actress and DJ with a refreshingly rebellious charisma. Her capsule collection SS20 for Desigual was launched as a Sexhibition in Miami last December. Watch the video to capture a glimpse into Miranda's world.
"This is how Miranda Makaroff welcomes you to Art Basel Miami Beach 2019, reminding you that Eve has been mistreated by history as the original sinner. But here, Miranda wants to open your eyes so you can see that Eve, in reality, is the creator of pleasure...In this exhibition where she presents her collection with us, Miranda wants to change Eve’s story." Read the full article here.
Image by Miranda Makaroff for Prada
Swedish New York-based artist and fashion designer, Beate Karlsson, made a ripple in NYC last year with her guerrilla marketing campaign - printing her business card on toilet paper and placing them in MoMA and other spots around the city. Genius. That's not to say that her work wouldn't get her noticed. Her designs are playful with a dark undertone that leaves you with the feeling of unnerving excitement - and we can't look away. We hope to see more of her obscure whimsical designs.
Images by Beate Karlsson
Iris Van Herpen
Pieces by Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen seem to float. Her sculptural aesthetic captures the fluidity of nature with powerful femininity. Known for pushing the boundaries of garment construction with 3D printing, magnetic resin and laser-cutting, Van Herpen is an innovator that brings the unfamiliar into the fashion world.
Iris van Herpen doesn't so much design clothes as invent them... For van Herpen, it's about more than just aesthetics. Fashion, she explains, has the capability "to challenge the way we think, and the way we make something".
Read this article by Wired for more about why Van Herpen has been dubbed a pioneer of the industry.
Image by Iris Van Herpen
Iris Van Herpen Fall 2017 / Image credit
This line up wouldn't be complete with the inclusion of one of our biggest influences, Yayoi Kusama. Her masterful approach to art creeps into the realms of surrealism, seducing the viewer with her mesmerising use of shape and colour.
Kusama's signature polka dots and intertwining repetitive shapes have been translated across every medium possible including painting, sculpture, immersive installations, film, performance art and fashion. She is a master that transcends the limits of thought, constantly redefining contemporary art as we know it.
“With just one polka dot, nothing can be achieved. In the universe, there is the sun, the moon, the earth, and hundreds of millions of stars. All of us live in the unfathomable mystery and infinitude of the universe.” Yayoi Kusama. Read the full article here.
Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton 2012 / Image credit
Yayoi Kusama / Image by Noriko Takasugi
We leave you with the invitation to make a cup of tea, put your phone on silent and let yourself be swept into the world of Kusama.
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