The Unknown Hipster

Wearable Art

Posted in Art, Fashion by unknownhipster on October 21, 2009
The extraordinary plaided Ludwig Kuttner and Beatrix Ost contemplating a work on paper by Greg Lauren

The extraordinary plaided Ludwig Kuttner and Beatrix Ost contemplating a work on paper by Greg Lauren

It was at the Take Home a Nude benefit auction that I came accross Greg Lauren’s work: an oil-on-paper, 3-dimensional jacket with tie and shirt that stand alone in the middle of the Sotheby’s exhibition room.

Greg is outstandingly handsome for an artist – as an actor, he would never been cast to play one- but what intrigued me most was the jacket he was wearing. Something that looked like a ragged blanket with a stream cut, and scraps of paper and various material sewn onto  the fabric like a collage piece.

I went to visit him a few days later at his gallery space at the corner of Wooster and Grand. A place that I immediately identified from a distance a month ago as an upcoming Yohji store, with half opened crates, and mostly black silhouettes.

It’s also where Greg had set up his studio, surrounded by a forest of mannequins bearing his works.

On front row, from left to right: Fringe, The Marine, "the Boxer, and Superman.

On front row, from left to right: Fringe, The Marine, "the Boxer, and Superman.

The various style paper jackets and coats evoked the remains of an abandonned house, where clothes left hanging have been dried in the shape of the wearers who have long ago vanished. Upon closer inspection, some pieces have a darker, battered and stepped-over texture, with faded comics colors slightly appearing from underneath, as if they had been unearthed from a junkyard.

In a general way our clothes determine us, and will survive long after: no matter if it’s a dude’s long gone plaid shirt from Uniqlo or a guitar hero’s leather fringed jacket.

Only a very few of us has the power to influence their own clothes.

Greg wearing the Mistake Jacket

Greg wearing the Mistake Jacket

Greg also does real jackets that can be worn. But they are more like art pieces that can be worn. There is a “Paris jacket” with sewn-on torn euro bills. Or the “Mistake jacket” with the Mistake explanation hand-written inside on a piece of paper. I’m not obsessed by practical details, but I brought this up to Greg: How do you clean them? You can’t. You don’t bring an art piece to the cleaner, or wash it yourself. You keep it as it is.

I like the idea of never cleaning the fabric, so it gets even more personalized by  stains and time. Like a hipster.

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  1. la flore et la faune said, on October 22, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Beautiful and poetic post.
    Thought of you yesterday when I saw a lady with many MARNI bags at FIAC.

  2. editor said, on October 23, 2009 at 9:47 am

    the people who influence their clothing – theirs is the only clothing that i notice.

  3. ROXY MARJ said, on October 24, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    in love >>> with your blog! :)
    seriously, great stuff!

  4. andré said, on October 25, 2009 at 9:55 am

    i’m sorry, i have to ask: what did you use to paint this sketches? they’re great!

  5. Marie said, on October 25, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Fantastic! don´t know what I enjoy more, the drawings or the writing? more regular posts plz!

  6. smilla said, on November 5, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    wooooonderfuuuuuul!!!!

  7. lula said, on November 7, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    hi.
    reading your blog, I finally became interested again.

    thanks for sharing, your information is free & intelligent.

  8. marcia silverstein said, on February 19, 2010 at 6:11 am

    You are seriously hilarious. I love your sketches. This is the best blog I have ever seen…and your observations are great…keep it up.

  9. […] he is The Unknown Hipster, but I am utterly attracted to his sensibility.   He once said, “I like the idea of never cleaning the fabric, so it gets even more personalized by stains and time. …” Who thinks like that?  He does and that’s why I want him […]


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