Sunday, October 19, 2008

Artful Fashion: Curators Pose For Yohji

In recent years the art world has offered endless inspiration for fashion designers from all walks of the industry. Louis Vuitton has partnered with both Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince, printmaking maven Diane Von Furstenberg incorporated iconic Warhol images into her last collection, while Adam Kimmel has enlisted famous artist faces (and friends) like Dan Colen and Hope Atherton as his look book models for years. Now, Yohji Yamamoto is following suit with the spring look book, Exhibit Y, for his more affordable line, Y's, says T's The Moment (which itself took part in furthering the trend with the past fashion spread, "Hang Time," that substituted art handlers for models).

Yamamoto hand-picked half a dozen leading curators, including Hans Ulrich Obrist and Angeline Scherf, to showcase his pared-down collection of classic trousers, trenchcoats and an updated take on the tuxedo jacket (tails and all). As in the past, the look book will take the place of a collection presentation, which means you can spend the rest of this season guessing what non-fashion industry faces will guest star as models next.

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Alisa Gould-Simon is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn.