I first came across the name Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) at the Charles James: Beyond Fashion retrospective. I remember thinking that their system of animated imagery, robotic arms and projectors, was one of the main factors that elevated the exhibition from conventional to exceptional. The other being James’ stunning designs, of course.
Wishing to learn more about them, I had a look on their website. A long list of projects popped up, among which the design of the High Line; but it was actually ”The Look”, a DS+R recent collaboration with the DESTE Foundation that held my attention.
The DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art was established in 1983 as a non-profit institution based in Athens, Greece. Its aim is to promote contemporary art and the work of young artists to a wider audience.
The destefashioncollection is an evolving project conceived by the Foundation ”to consider and trouble the boundaries between art and fashion”. Each year since 2007, DESTE has commissioned an artist to curate a capsule collection selecting five to ten articles from that year’s fashion collections. In 2012 it was Athina Rachel Tsangari’s film and projection installation The Capsule. In 2013, it was the photographic project of Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Deste (Δέστε) is the Greek word for Look. ”The Look” by DS+F is described as:
”… a narrative in eighteen scenes about youth, aging, timelessness, and identity. It is set in an ambiguous time. Dispersed throughout are ten accessories that comprise the 2013 capsule collection. These selections from runway couture and ready-to-wear collections are “assisted” classics.”
A study on the longevity of Architecture in contrast to the ephemeral nature of Fashion, set in Philip Johnson’s Glass House of 1949. A survey on trends through time: with the common denominator set on Classic they both become Timeless.
Spotted any of these?
MARTIN MARGIELA//Cork Lace-Up Shoes
ROCK & CANDY//London Wedge Sneakers
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE//Pearl Necklace Earring
MARTIN MARGIELA//Splatter Replica Sneakers
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE//Faux Fox Stole
MAISON MICHEL//Heidi Rabbit with Veil
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD ANGLOMANIA FOR MELISSA//Lady Dragon IX Pump
LEG AVENUE//Jumbo Fishnets
Project by DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO
Photography by MATTHEW MONTEITH
DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION: 1 to 8, an assembly of the first eight years of capsules and projects, is being presented for the first time in its entirety at the
Pireos St. Annexe Building
until October 12, 2014.