Image: The Hepworth Wakefield.
Founder and creative director of his own eponymous label, Jonathan Anderson honors England—the country that fostered his fashion education and fanned the initial flames of his business—by curating a new exhibit for The Hepworth Wakefield, opening today. Dubbed “Disobedient Bodies,” the dramatized exploration delves into the relationship between art, fashion, and design against the backdrop of the ever-evolving human form. Equal parts gender study and ode to modern art, a passion of Anderson’s from a young age, the collection consists of century-spanning sculpture selections and fashion pieces by the likes of Christian Dior, Helmut Lang, and Issey Miyake, crafting a tantalizing exposé on humanity at its purest. A provocateur himself—Anderson once heralded by Donatella Versace as a rising Gianni after his overtly promiscuous Versus collaboration—the exhibition is a portrayal of the same analytical ideals expressed in the designer’s own creations. The museum, considered a crowning jewel of European art spaces and the largest exhibition hub beyond London’s borders, acts as a segue to Anderson’s next European project—guest designer at Pitti Immagine Uomo 92, where he will take his visual art form to a dramatic new level.
“Disobedient Bodies” is on display at The Hepworth Wakefield from March 17-June 18, 2017.