Art Plus Fashion

Thursday 14 March 2013

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Swarovski Whitechapel Gallery Art Plus Fashion celebrated the fusion between Art and Fashion on Thursday 14 March 2013.

The Whitechapel Gallery’s Art Plus Party is a unique event, which explores the dynamic fusion of the visual arts with other cultural forms including drama, dance, film, music and opera - culminating each year in a one-night only, unforgettable party and performance event; a celebration of creativity. 

Whitechapel Director, Iwona Blazwick OBE, with Member of Swarovski’s Executive Board Nadja Swarovski, Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief, Justine Picardie, Art Plus Chair Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, and a committee of leading figures from the arts, fashion, film and music worlds, invited guests to an extraordinary evening of art, fashion and music to raise vital funds for the Gallery’s Education Programme.

Major names from the world of fashion including Giles Deacon, Bella Freud, Marios Schwab and Nadja Swarovski selected the most promising fashion postgraduates emerging from London to take centre stage in the first ever catwalk show in the Gallery, with projected artworks by contemporary artists as a backdrop. Catwalk show production and creative direction by Sara Blonstein and Chris Ford from Blonstein and Associates.

Promoting new talent in fashion journalism, Harper's Bazaar selected an outstanding writer from a short list nominated by Nilgin Yusuf and Andrew Tucker from the London College of Fashion’s MA Fashion Journalism. The joint winners - Ginger Clarke and Babette Radclyffe-Thomas - were announced on the night. 

The evening began with an auction led by Sotheby’s Oliver Barker which included works by Zarina Bhimji, Andrea Büttner, Gerard Byrne, Minerva Cuevas, Corinne Day, Sam Durant, Cornelia Parker, Bridget Riley, Bob and Roberta Smith, Francesco Vezzoli and Catherine Yass. We also had hand signed donations from Vivienne Westwood and Kate Moss, as well as a beautiful illustration by Giles Deacon.

The auction was followed by a live catwalk show and party - with celebrity DJs Norman Jay MBE, Gilles Peterson and Dan Lywood, food and canapés created by Smart Hospitality with Angela Hartnett, cocktails and music. Throughout the night guests enjoyed Wright Brothers oysters, Laytons bubbly, Firefly Tonics, Peroni beer and cocktails by Courvoisier, Jose Cuervo and Stolichnaya.

The support of sponsors, ticket sales and the proceeds of the auction raised £348,600 for the Whitechapel Gallery’s Education Programme which works with thousands of children and diverse community groups each year, helping us support the next generation of artists.  

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Watch Bella Freud talk about Art Plus Fashion

Watch Marios Schwab discuss Art Plus Fashion's emerging talents

Watch Nadja Swarovski discuss supporting the next generation