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THE ART OF SUBVERSION: Josh Smith for Givenchy's Spring-Summer 2022
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Givenchy
06.10.2021
Josh Smith showcased his art via Givenchy's spring-summer 2022 collection
Josh Smith showcased his art via Givenchy's spring-summer 2022 collection
Josh Smith showcased his art via Givenchy's spring-summer 2022 collection
Josh Smith showcased his art via Givenchy's spring-summer 2022 collection
Josh Smith showcased his art via Givenchy's spring-summer 2022 collection
Josh Smith showcased his art via Givenchy's spring-summer 2022 collection
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Sometimes, even the best designers don’t always have all of the answers. Matthew M. Williams would be the first to tell you that. In the case of brainstorming for his first runway show for Givenchy with a live audience, he phoned American artist Josh Smith to pick his brains for the spring-summer 2022 collection. Smith recollected, “Matt showed up in my studio and we started cooking together… we made some delicious things. We burnt some stuff and that tasted good too. Matt took a to-go bag back to Paris and shared all of this with his sharp creative team. This collection is a miracle.” And we are sure he was implying about the creative process. Smith isn’t an unfamiliar figure in the fashion world. His works have previously landed on items for Supreme and Louis Vuitton which are perhaps bookend moments for anyone looking to sail off into the sunset. However, with Givenchy, the New York-based artist truly got his creative juices flowing as his contributions weren’t limited to just token cameos. Williams was interested in translating the artist’s Halloween-esque themes of skulls, grim reapers, and creepy clowns for the collection but also wanted to implement some of the masterful brushstrokes and colour sensibilities onto fabric as well as accessories. (Those who know Williams’ work will acknowledge that he has the flair for the monochromatic.) And Smith’s work isn’t lazily attached as just a print for sale. Williams deployed serious craftsmanship to bridge the gap in their creative dialogue with some fine examples of his art appearing as a knitted sweater and even a hand-painted jerry can-like bag and heavily treated denim jeans. Even some art works were fabricated on sheer fabrics in order to create an illusion of a moving picture, animating along with the motion of the wearer’s torso. Smith would probably be floored when these designs hit the racks next year.

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