6 July 2012
Last updated at 12:37
A specially-commissioned Olympic themed exhibition has opened at the V&A Museum in London. It aims to create a dialogue between two creative disciplines - fashion and art. The exhibition is part of the London 2012 Festival and features fashion designers such as Matthew Williamson and artists including Gavin Turk and Mat Collishaw.
Jeremy Deller said he and Giles Deacon wanted to have fun and be "a bit over the top, dramatic and silly". They were inspired by a William Morris stained glass window and the Arts and Crafts philosophy of "art for all". They have produced a full-body running suit with flowing train, a leather-lashed staff and a headdress of leaves and feathers. Deller said: "I always wanted to create a piece of clothing. Something that can be worn, not necessarily by everyone, but by someone."
Life by Jonathan Saunders and Jess Flood-Paddock is made up of 200 screen prints on polypropylene sheets. Each sheet is unique and was created by tossing one of Saunders' jumpers directly onto the exposing plate. They are displayed hanging on Perspex rods, suggestive of garments on a rail.
Stephen Jones and Cerith Wyn Evans have created a piece where five glowing rings of tiny LEDs orbit around a central head band, in an elegant nod to the five Olympic rings. The work is suspended over a low podium onto which the visitor can experience "wearing" the hovering piece above their head.
Sir Paul Smith’s passion for cycle racing provided the subject for Triumph in the Face of Absurdity - cast in aluminium from the bike of British gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy. Raised upright on its back wheels, artist Charming Baker added a tiny mouse bearing the gleaming bike Atlas-like on his shoulders. Smith said the gravity-defying piece, which required the help of structural engineers, "shouldn't even stand up". Baker revealed it signifies "outlandish ambition".
Tint the Pallid Landscape (off to the Wars in Lace) by Mary Katrantzou and Mark Titchner is a short animated film featuring a list of Olympic and Paralympic qualities: Strength, Courage, Speed, Power, Stamina, Agility, Resilience, Passion, Precision, Ambition.
An old handbook of yoga poses provided Francis Upritchard with the inspiration for Arch, which designer Peter Pilotto and design partner Christopher De Vos outfitted as the only trio in the project. Arching in an effortless backbend, she is dressed in an embellished bodysuit in the designers' own fabric, entirely covered in hand-cut vinyl fishscale shapes. Furniture designer Martino Gamper, who introduced the trio, contributed the plinth.
Shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood and Simon Periton have created a chandelier comprising different elements that play with notions of positive and negative space. Suspended from three concentric steel rings are dozens of cast resin scalpels and dismembered parts of shoes. The exhibition runs until July 29th and features in a special book, Britain Creates Fashion and Art Collusion.