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2 posts tagged "Florence and the Machine"

Dressing The Machine


Florence Welch, the red-headed English soul singer who fronts Florence + the Machine, has a decided preference for the boho-weirdo school of art-rock dressing—the more diaphanous layers, the better. She recently gave fans the opportunity to design an outfit for one of the New York stops on her tour. Talenthouse, an organization dedicated to promoting “creative collaboration,” sponsored the contest, which drew entries from 800 fans; the winner was selected by Welch, Lucky creative director Jen Ford, and Welch’s stylist, Aldene Johnson, who actually created the piece. Earlier this week, the singer and the Machine played NYC’s Terminal 5, with Welch in an embellished bodysuit and attached cape designed by Cristina Adami, who was in the audience for the occasion. (Adami’s sketch is above right; Welch dons the final creation, above left.) “It felt amazing to wear it,” Welch told So good she chucked the shoes.

Photo: Avital Aronowitz

Rankin: Please Do Touch The Art


Destroy/Rankin is not your usual photo retrospective. The book, which comes out stateside next week, does feature a collection of portraits shot by photographer, filmmaker, and Dazed & Confused co-founder Rankin over the course of his career; so far, so typical. Not so typical? The fact that Rankin handed those portraits back to his subjects, to do with as they pleased. Seventy musicians, including Debbie Harry (pictured), Jarvis Cocker, Kylie Minogue, U2, and Beck, took Rankin up on the offer to tear up, deface, paint over, and otherwise mess with his snaps. (Damien Hirst also did yeoman’s work filling in for late Clash front man Joe Strummer as destroyer.) The mash-up artworks were auctioned off at Phillips de Pury in London in November, with proceeds going to U.K. charity Youth Music, and profits from the Destroy/Rankin book are going the organization’s way, as well. Here, Rankin talks to about his appetite for destruction.

How did you come up with the idea to let artists you’ve shot over the years have at your work?
I was looking over a lot of my old work, and it occurred to me that there wasn’t much interaction between me and the people I’d shot after those shoots were over. Which was a sort of disappointing realization, honestly. I wanted to create more of a space for collaboration. And I thought it would be an unusual interaction to have the artists I’d shot over the years go back and look at these images of themselves and destroy them in some way. I liked the word destroy. Creative destruction. It seemed like a good, punk idea, to invite a bit of chaos.

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