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Interview: Jeppe Ugelvig on Fashion Work 1993-2018: 25 Years of Art in Fashion

published on 20 August 2020

Fashion and art have long been bedfellows, with designers collaborating with artists and vice versa on limited-edition capsule collections or large-scale exhibitions. But what separates fashion from art? For critic and curator Jeppe Ugelvig, it's not about aesthetics or audience, but the way something is produced. In his book, Fashion Work 1993-2018: 25 Years of Art in Fashion, Ugelvig explores four of the most cutting-edge and radical fashion and art makers–Bernadette Corporation, Susan Cianciolo and her brand Run, Bless, and DIS. Over the last three decades, these creatives on the boundaries formed the blueprints for how we think about and relate to fashion today. From pop-up shops to collaboration, community events to subscription retail models, these art/fashion hybrid makers were the trail blazers. In this conversation with writer and editor Bella Gladman, Ugelvig points to how Bernadette Corporation, Susan Cianciolo, Bless and DIS's bodies of work can be used as roadmaps for fashion's future.

Fashion and art have long been bedfellows, with designers collaborating with artists and vice versa on limited-edition capsule collections or large-scale exhibitions. But what separates fashion from art? For critic and curator Jeppe Ugelvig, it's not about aesthetics or audience, but the way something is produced. In his book, Fashion Work 1993-2018: 25 Years of Art in Fashion, Ugelvig explores four of the most cutting-edge and radical fashion and art makers–Bernadette Corporation, Susan Cianciolo and her brand Run, Bless, and DIS. Over the last three decades, these creatives on the boundaries formed the blueprints for how we think about and relate to fashion today. From pop-up shops to collaboration, community events to subscription retail models, these art/fashion hybrid makers were the trail blazers. In this conversation with writer and editor Bella Gladman, Ugelvig points to how Bernadette Corporation, Susan Cianciolo, Bless and DIS's bodies of work can be used as roadmaps for fashion's future.

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