Britain Creates 2012: Fashion & Art Collusion celebrates the year of London’s hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of the Fashion 2012 platform, led by the British Fashion Council/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation in partnership with the Mayor of London, the event brings together fashion designers and visual artists, consolidating established relationships.
The London 2012 Festival will run for 12-weeks, bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. Nine iconic British fashion designers have been paired with nine top contemporary artists. These creative minds have joined forces showcasing their talents and use of different mediums to produce an exciting exhibition, highlighting the cultural Olympiad.
A stained glass window by William Morris was the inspiration for the print developed by Deacon and Deller, the only pairing to have produced a wearable garment for their collaboration.
It has been used to create a full-body running suit with flowing train, accompanied by a leather-lashed staff and a crested headdress of leaves and feathers. A squad of runners in similar suits will accompany this mysterious figure.
More halo than hat, the five glowing rings of Jones and Wyn Evans’ piece orbit around a central headband, in an elegant nod to the five Olympic rings.
The work will be suspended over a low podium or plinth onto which the viewer can step, allowing everyone the experience of ‘wearing’ this Celestial Bonnet, hovering above their head.
Saunders and Flood-Paddock found that a shared background in screen printing provided them with common ground. Their collaboration evolved over several playful and experimental sessions.
One of Saunders’ jumpers, casually thrown onto the exposing plate, produced an interesting variety of shapes for the printing screens, and generated 200 prints in a gorgeous array of unusual colour juxtapositions.
These partnerships have been commissioned to create unique pieces of work to reflect these special relationships and values. They will then be auctioned at a fundraising gala, before going on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, followed by a Selfridges installation.
All funds raised will form part of a bursary that looks to encourage and support up and coming artists and designers ensuring future collaborations for years to come.