The Art of FashionOn what artists’ clothes communicate.

The Art of FashionOn what artists’ clothes communicate.

  • Words Rosalind Jana
  • Photograph Estelle Loiseau. Courtesy of Brutal Ceramics

Fashion and art critic Charlie Porter’s What Artists Wear (2021) is not just another glossy book full of photos. There are photos, yes, but they meander through the text: Lee Krasner’s paint-spattered slippers, Martine Syms’ bootleg designer sneakers, Louise Bourgeois in Helmut Lang. Porter is interested in what an artist’s clothes say and do. Who are they defying? Or trying to impress? How do they rise to the physical demands of making? In asking these questions, Porter’s odyssey through the artist’s wardrobe becomes an illuminating examination of power, play and the lived intimacy of garments worn for years on end.  

Rosalind Jana: Why is it interesting to think about what artists wear? 

Charlie Porter: It’s a way in. By approaching artists through their clothes, that...

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