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My Elastic Eye, the hot new DJ collective who have quickly caught the attention of music professionals and fashion icons alike, (Mark Moore and Princess Julia are huge fans), are set to perform live at the Tout Nouveau launch exhibition.
The band formed in early 2010 and have since gone on to play credible sets at Girl Records and Liverpool Gay Pride, as well as headlining the Camden Barfly for Union City.
Three brothers, Henry, Jack and Louis, form the majority of the group, along with Jack’s girlfriend Geraldine and lead singer Felicity, who Henry met during a night out and instantly knew “she would be the perfect show off for the band”.
Jack describes their sound as orchestra music gone rusty, but don’t let his humour fool you – their electro beats coupled with the band’s effortlessly cool style make for a mesmerising set.
Playing live from 2-4pm on Saturday 27 November at the Real World Gallery in East London – this is a performance you do not want to miss. For those who unfortunately cannot attend – check out the band’s latest music video here:
The Tout Nouveau launch exhibition is a FREE event for all to attend. Address and opening times listed below:
Real World Gallery, 65 Hanbury Street, E1. near Brick Lane, Aldgate.
Saturday 27 November 2010 – 10am till 6pm
Sunday 28 November 2010 – 12pm till 5pm
When French artisit Jean Cocteau mused, ‘Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time’ it stimulated a debate that has long been on he lips of the creative industry. Is fashion art?
For the next four months the Design Museum presents the exhibition ‘Drawing Fashion’, honoring some of the most remarkable fashion illustrations of the latter Centuries. Showcasing illustrators at their creative heights; celebrating artists whose exquisite images not only capture the essence of the decade but also evoke the spirits of elegance and glamour long associated with the world of couture and high fashion.
The Museum’s website stated, “These original works define the fine art of illustrating fashion”. However, on reading that the illustration would sit alongside films, music and photography in order for visitors to reflect on the wider social and cultural changes of the last century, one had to wonder if the illustration itself only accounts for a small proportion of the “art”.
Quite controversially, Alice Rawsthorn, director of the Design Musuem itself featured in a 2003 Guardian fashion/art debate opposing Zandra Rhodes and was quoted;
‘Quibbling over whether fashion is more or less important than art is just as pointless as questioning whether or not it is art. Of course it’s not, it’s fashion. That is not to say that fashion, at its best, is not a suitable subject for museums or that it cannot share some of the attributes of art. On the contrary, an exquisite haute couture dress – like the ones that Cristóbal Balenciaga created in his 1950s heyday – can look as perfect as a beautiful painting or sculpture.’
Branching into another fashion past-time, and spicing up the heat in the debate is the prestigious Art Basel in Miami, which holds a dedicated space given to fashion photography named ‘Art Expo’. Claiming to mark a new generation of buyers, who are snapping up pieces by living photographers whose names are relatively unknown to those outside of the fashion world.
Francois Trabelsi, founder of Art Photo Expo, believes that the previous omission of fashion photography from the art fair was a glaring anachronism:
“I felt very strongly that some of the world’s greatest living artists – and that’s really what they are – weren’t being represented here. It was a shame, not just for the photographers, but also for buyers. Certain collectors still view fashion photography as a little too ‘paillette’, too frothy…but it is the most accessible of the contemporary arts – ordinary people engage with it and enjoy it more readily than other art forms and that to me is one of its greatest strengths”
Perhaps echoing Trabelsi sentiment is Vogue itself…By collaborating with the Fashion Illustration Gallery, the publication is encouraging its readers to purchase what they have deemed art. The art industries response and praise has been monumental, despite ripples of grumble from the traditional fashion order. Indeed, in 2009 a lecture that marked the opening of the Art of Fashion Symposium, Dingerman Kuilman deconstructed the debate using YSL’s Ligne Mondrian collection. Interestingly he found that it might be style, rather than art that we should focus on.
Featuring collection pieces from Chanel, Dior, Poiret, Lepape, Lacroix, Comme des Garcons as well as Viktor & Rolf and McQueen; the exhibition has been 30 years in the making, and has no doubt awoken the debate that until late has remained dormant. In my opinion however, there is no definitive answer; what’s one mans trash is another mans treasure and what’s ones critics art is another critics fashion. It’s a matter of personal perception and, whilst one could be accused of sitting on the fence, surely that is what the creative industry is famed for?
By Victoria Loftus
Drawing Fashion: The Design Museum 03 November – 06 March 2011
We are proud to introduce, Inky, the latest graduate artist to join us here at Tout Nouveau. Inky studied degree level Art at Leeds University and continues to produce mesmerising pieces of artistry from the confines of her Leeds apartment. Her latest showpiece ‘Untitled’ is an original oil painting on canvas and will grace the white walls, sorry, laptop screens of Tout Nouveau followers everywhere when it is released in our online store later this year. We wanted to find out more and so tempted this tea-loving artisan with jam and scones in return for a few quick questions. Read on to learn more about Inky and her work…
RW: What was your inspiration for this piece?
INKY: A boy.
RW: What materials were used?
INKY: An old Mills and Boon book and paint.
RW: How long did the piece take from conception to completion?
INKY: Aaaages!!! I didn’t really time it. Honestly I don’t even know if it’s finished yet!?
RW: Why did you select ‘Mother of the Bride’ as the background to the painting?
INKY: Mills and Boon books are fantasy – a girl with a hare’s head is obviously fantasy. It didn’t really matter what the book was about, it was just playing upon the idea of being whatever someone wants you to be. Are they disappointed when they realise you’re not who they think you are? Do they see this identity as a mask or more importantly, do you yourself? People are always changing, how we portray ourselves to others is completely a reflection of our inner self and sometimes that can be misconstrued. It’s all about perspective.
RW: How do you feel about people interpreting your painting?
INKY: Interested! It’s always good and sometimes surprising to hear what people think my work is about. Sometimes I don’t know what it’s about myself until taking a good time away from it.
RW: Where is home to you?
INKY: Where the heart is?! That is Leeds for now.
RW: How and when did you develop your passion for art?
INKY: Art has always been in me, but like most things though, a passion can wane or become stronger depending on where you are in your life. I guess it’s easier to say I’m always developing.
RW: How would you describe your style of work?
RW: What projects are you currently working on?
INKY: On several pieces when I get chance!! Usually a painting or drawing of some sort.
RW: What are your pet peeves?
INKY: Lack of time annoys me greatly.
RW: Your favorite artist?
INKY: Egon Shiele / Mucha
RW: What tools do you use to create your work?
INKY: My hands, sometimes my brain is involved too…paint, pencil, ink.
RW: Who would you like to work with in the future?
INKY: I’m not one for collaboration; I’m too headstrong when it comes to art.
RW: What inspires you?
INKY: My friends, random strangers on the street, books, music, films.
RW: What is your second love, after art?
INKY: The people in my life.
RW: What do you like to do in your spare time?
INKY: I’m becoming quite interested in Burlesque, and I’m a pretty good baker in my spare time too. Entertaining friends, watching movies… yadda yadda yadda!!!
RW: Favourite Place?
INKY: Any park on a sunny day…or in a teashop scribbling doodles.
Inky’s first submission ‘Untitled’ will be available for purchase upon launch of the Tout Nouveau online store in AW 2010. We welcome your comments about this piece.
Tout Nouveau is an online platform for emerging talent from leading design universities to present and vend unique products in fashion, art and interiors to avid followers of contemporary design.
Exhausted with mass production and nominal opportunities for design graduates – Tout Nouveau aimed to initiate an epoch where fresh creative talent would flourish and direct prospective style.
Consequently, in 2009, Tout Nouveau partners began sourcing unique products from students and recent graduates of UK universities and beyond. The online store is due to launch in Autumn 2010 and will offer an eclectic mix of design products, with pieces selected being produced in limited quantities to provide the buyer with rare and exclusive finds.
Here on the blog, we will provide you with updates on the development of the brand. We will take you behind-the-scenes of a contemporary retailer, as we source products from some of the UK’s leading design university graduate shows that are taking place this summer. These will comprise Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion, Royal College of Art, University for the Creative Arts, as well as New Designers and Free Range. First and foremost, we will inform you of upcoming talent in all fields of design, from fashion to art, interiors to photography and product design.
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