August 28 2014

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Designers And Artists On The MOVE!


At Visionaire‘s Halloween party on Saturday, an elaborately costumed crowd took to the sweaty dance floor to cut loose. The designers on hand deserved it. They’d been in the museum all day, installing MOVE!, an exhibition curated by Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean and journalist David Colman that paired artists and designers to create—well, whatever they wanted.

MOVE! is a unique experience of art and fashion, where one is a reflection of the other,” explained Italo Zucchelli. “Reflection” was literal in the case of the “live sculpture” he and Terence Koh created: two silver-painted and -cloaked men (above), walking continuously toward and away from one another. “Bringing the future into history and presenting it as a perfect present,” Koh described it in a rare moment of verbosity.

Performance artist Ryan McNamara—who recently completed five months of public dance lessons for a project called Make Ryan a Dancer—took the weekend off to act as instructor. McNamara and 11 dancers, in costumes designed by Robert Geller, taught museum-goers everything from strip dance to traditional Korean moves. “We created this McNamara/Geller carnival of dancers, with Ryan as this kind of crazy Andy Warhol carnie directing the whole thing,” Geller said. “Sometimes art and fashion can be too serious. This was meant to be fun, and even a little funny.”

Kalup Linzy was singing and dancing, too—”doin’ [his] own thing,” he said—as Labisha the Diva, in a sequined, dolman-sleeved wrap dress designed for him by DVF herself (top). “A few years back I was developing this character, Katessa. A friend gave me a wrap dress, and I loved the way it fit,” Linzy explained. “So when David and Cecilia asked if there was a designer I wanted to work with, I immediately said Diane von Furstenberg.” There may have been a slight ulterior motive, too—Linzy’s developing his first feature film, Ova Katessa. “I was planning to approach her about providing a few pieces for the movie, so when this opportunity came, I felt it was the chance to collaborate,” he said. “Hopefully, I can get a few pieces for the film.”

If mere mortals wanted to see themselves onscreen, they had only to go to the full-length catwalk Marc Jacobs and Rob Pruitt set up in the museum, complete with stressed-out, clipboard-wielding production types. Attendees could do their best Gisele and Naomi, and large screens in an adjacent room displayed the results on a virtual MJ runway, complete with a video front row of editors and celebrities looking on. “It’s kind of fun to be on the other side, no?” laughed designer Kai Kühne. He was wearing a giant white puffball that, for better or worse, was not by Marc Jacobs.

Photos: Gordon Von Steiner

Dept. of Culture