Modern Art That Is Tailor-Made; Artists Provide Fitting Tribute to Men's Suits

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Modern Art That Is Tailor-Made; Artists Provide Fitting Tribute to Men's Suits


Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent

THE art of tailoring may be a long-established British tradition but a new exhibition has elevated the gentleman's suit to an art form.

Eighteen top fashion designers and tailors including Sir Paul Smith, John Galliano and Ralph Lauren have collaborated with artists from Antony Gormley to music producer Mark Ronson to create one-off suits representing their "skills and artistic vision".

Spencer Tunick worked with Richard James to produce "The Naked Suit" of transparent organza, fully in keeping with an artist famed for photographing the public in the nude.

Jeremy Deller took inspiration from Winston Churchill's "siren suit" - created to keep him comfortable during long hours working through air raids - to create a modern utility outfit with Patrick Grant at Norton and Sons.

Ron Arad, working with Dolce and Gabbana, added sensors like the ones in car bumpers to alert you if someone invades your space. Ronson, collaborating with Frida Giannini at Gucci, was inspired by his love of music. …

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