DS+R = The Look

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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.

THE LOOK

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 THE COLLECTION

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Spotted any of these?

MARTIN MARGIELA//Cork Lace-Up Shoes
LOTHO//Yuwano Sunglasses
ROCK & CANDY//London Wedge Sneakers
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE//Pearl Necklace Earring
BLU//Disposable E-Cig
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

CREDITS:

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

Benaki Museum,
Pireos St. Annexe Building
Athens

until October 12, 2014.

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13 thoughts on “DS+R = The Look

    • I love how most of the things I like seem diverse and totally different but are actually somehow connected!
      Yes, it’s true about ‘A Single Man’ – that’s a connection I hadn’t made 🙂

    • Yes, this pearl earring is very interesting. I had to look twice to register it was not actually a necklace but an earring! Then I got visions of getting caught somewhere and… ouch! Not sure if I’d wear it after all… 🙂 Thanks for the Kenzo clip, hadn’t seen it! Surreal-ly cool indeed!

  1. Very interesting and almost surreal. I was intrigued by the pearl chain earrings and the Kitty Cat lace headband, so I found it interesting that they were part of the collection. I always had wondered what it would be like to live in Philip Johnson’s glass house an here is an answer of a sort. XO

    • I was very intrigued by the pearl neck necklace earring too, but also by the shoes; especially the cork and the splatter ”Pollock” sneakers. A very interesting collection and I had fun trying to spot everything in the pics! I’d feel weird in a glass house, but would love to spend a weekend there!

  2. Thank you for sharing your discoveries. The fifties/sixties look in the pictures put the modern luxury life, as reflected in commercials, in a new, somehow aggressive and sad, perspective. I liked them very much.

    • I find this study/relation between timeless/ephemeral/classic as translated into our world of modernism/consumerism, very intriguing. The fact that it is exhibited in Athens, a city that up until a few years ago was swearing by the size/type/number of luxury logos and where excessive consumerism was aggressively encouraged by commercials, makes it an even more interesting study!

  3. I can’t tell the difference between some art journals and fashion magazines. As you have shared before in regards to exhibitions marrying art and fashion, the two are one in the same. ART=FASHION=$TUFF

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