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The Thinleys 2015 © Jamie Hawkesworth | Courtesy of  The Hepworth Wakefield
The Thinleys 2015 © Jamie Hawkesworth | Courtesy of The Hepworth Wakefield
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J. W. Anderson's Disobedient Bodies at The Hepworth Wakefield

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Updated: 14 March 2017
Fashion designer Jonathan Anderson has partnered with Hepworth Wakefield gallery to curate a new exhibition of contemporary art.

The Irish fashion designer is already well known for his passionate engagement with other creative mediums, regularly holding events at the J. W. Anderson workshop, as well as a series of collaborations in his other role as Creative Director of Loewe that has included launching the Loewe Craft Prize this year.

Sarah Lucas, Grace | © The Hepworth Wakefield
Sarah Lucas, ‘Grace’ | © The Hepworth Wakefield

The new exhibition will see Anderson bringing his eclectic and hybrid aesthetic to Hepworth Wakefield’s collection, juxtaposing and harmonising a range of textures, forms and periods. “This is a rare and exciting opportunity for me to bring together some of the works of art and fashion that long inspired my own creative work and to see what happens when these objects rub up against each other.”

Attendees can expect to see figurative works by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, Sarah and Rebecca Warren will be exhibited alongside the designers they have influenced: Yves Saint Laurent, Issey Miyake and Christian Dior, amongst others.

Issey Miyake Dress| © The Hepworth Wakefield
Issey Miyake Dress | © The Hepworth Wakefield

“This ambitious vision was born out of Jonathan’s genuine and long-standing passion for modern art.” says Simon Wallis OBE, Director of The Hepworth Wakefield. “I hope visitors will enjoy experiencing this very personal interpretation of our collection and seeing our outstanding collections displayed in new, unconventional and innovative ways.”

The opening comes in the wake of a highly successful collaboration between Burberry and Henry Moore at the Makers House. As the boundaries of fashion and art become increasingly blurred, luxury brands are seeking to highlight the craftsmanship that lies behind their successful businesses. While in the past, exhibitions such as Louis Vuitton‘s at 180 and Chanel‘s at Saatchi Gallery have sought to create interactive sets that bring visitors into the heart of the brand, the narrative around craft, and the direct marriage of art and fashion at more of an equal level, offers a more authentic and tangible entry to luxury brands. Expect to see more collaborations in the future.