For the first week of every month SHOWstudio hands over the reigns of its Tumblr to one of our brilliant contributors, giving them complete freedom to post whatever they want, whether images, videos or pictures. Previous guest curators include stylists Anna Trevelyan and Simon Foxton, model Liberty Ross and artist Rei Nadal.
To ring in 2014, we've handed the page over to LA-based artist Danielle Neu. Neu will be using the page to explore one of fashion's favourite staples, the black leather jacket. Drawing on her research background - she worked on the Met's acclaimed Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition - she will post everything from vintage imagery to text and film clips, tracking the ideas and preconceptions associated with the jacket. Speaking on her curation she explains:
Hey, Johnny, What are you rebelling against?
He taps out a solid beat on the top of the jukebox, and spits out,
The Wild One (1953)
My piece is about the leather jacket; a uniform, for every kin and group that has ever wanted to construct their own law. An emblem of rebellion made out of black leather, it fades into the background to levitate the heavy chains, embroidered patches, and flamboyant attitude of freedom. It is the symbolic cloak of the American ideal: of going westward, toward something else, further. Running through the night into the grand openness.
The pull of not knowing where, going far is alright.
Check back from 1 January to see her curation unfold. Happy New Year!