Behold


in my grief-driven redecorating frenzy, i warned my taller half that the enormous and disturbing poster for the disturbing movie "brazil" has expired. its days are numbered. while he might have been in a quandary about how to save it (or get it to his office - it's huge!), i was pondering how to replace it. another movie poster was proposed. i demurred. a poster of cheese then perhaps? veto!
i like going to the architecture and design collection on the third floor at moma and seeing the original ipod on display, behind glass. i have the exact same model at home, and i dare say it probably works as well as the relic on 53rd st. the value lies entirely in the design now.
i once bought a silk scarf with the express purpose of framing it. it was made in italy for the now defunct harzfeld's, according to the tags. it is signed "ahrlé", which means nothing to me. the design is of a regal butterfly. it looked like art to me. but then so do my converse, yet i wear those.

if you had to pick one item of clothing, that you own, to display as art, what would it be?

14 comments:

Carlene said...

Well, first of all, your illustration of this post is HILARIOUS! Jeff Koons???

:)

Hmm...I have a paisley shawl/pashmina type thing that I just think is so beautiful. I do wear it all the time, though, but I would absolutely display it as "art". I fling it on a couch occasionally, where it becomes "art".

Alexandra said...

I do have some shoes I was considering hanging on the wall when I move into a new, large, empty apartment in a week.
Joking, of course, but I can almost see how one can turn footwear into some sort of installation art...

TravelGretta said...

Definitely my brown suede Valentino pumps with the rosette at the toe. They're SO pretty!

Anonymous said...

travelgretta, have you ever been to the shoe museum in Toronto?

For me, it would be my purse. Terribly inconvenient if I had to display it as art though, as it has everything I need in it!

enc said...

I'd display the brown crocodile bag I have from the '40s.

Candid Cool said...

for a moment i considering one of those t-shirt frames for my dior homme The End shirt since im cautious of wearing it.

and does not wearing a python pair of pumps (they hurt) that are sitting pretty on a shelf count as being displayed as art?

Candid Cool said...

-ps i adore that sock puppet picture. u find the best pictures!!

fashionaddict said...

It's interesting to see what everyone has chosen...what are some of the reasons behind everyone's choices...is it personal sentimental reasons, or great innovative design, or sheer beauty?

For me, I'm still sort of dithering between a plain white T-shirt and a pair of black rubber flip flops, because I just think these are great, easily duplicated designs, available to everyone and make life easier - so easy to throw on, comfortable, and versatile. And you can make endless variations and personal interpretations on them. They form the foundations of my wardrobe and I'd be glad to immortalise them as "art".

fashionaddict said...

p.s. ti editor - meant to tell you, I hope you are recovering well from your grief :)

a. said...

a completely worn out item: a pair of tan leather lace-ups by espace that look like a cross between an oxford, a sneaker and a bowling shoe, and which fit my feet perfectly.

or a never-worn item (well, by me): an antique chinese red silk sarong-esque skirt with hand embroidery so delicate it practically makes me cry.

landis smithers said...

i think redecorating is an important part of change in life. it forces you to assess what objects mean to you, how they influence not just your mood, but your existence. as part of our recent upheaval/move/life explore, we had to downsize temporarily, which had the unexpected consequence of bringing into focus how very LITTLE was needed to keep us visually happy, and that once the excess was removed, what remained was brought into sharper focus. so several large posters went away, and one large poster of avec from when i first shot her for our denim ads was brought in.

i only bring this up, because as you remove things from your world to bring air in and make room for something new, perhaps a memento of the lovely soul whom you miss would make an nice addition to your place.

editor said...

candid cool - thank you. i very much enjoy finding just the right ones!

landis - deep deep sigh. i'm not there yet. i'm in denial a little bit. which is less dehydrating than the last stage i was in. i just want to hear her snoring.

martha said...

A kimono, or a pair of glasses.

sophie said...

the hot pink, heavily embroidered sari skirt i bought in udaipur.