Two’s company: especially, say, if you’re Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy. Great company, I imagine.
The seminal duo – who have been married since 2006 – are one of seven iconic partnerships spotlighted in Fashion Together, a group exhibition which runs from September 8 – 14 at the London College of Fashion’s Fashion Space Gallery. As well as the aforementioned, other celebrates alliances come in the form of Nick Knight and Daphne Guinness, Shaun Leane and Alexander McQueen, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, plus Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Gareth Pugh and Ruth Hogben, Thom Browne and Stephen Jones.
Speaking on the exhibition, curator Lou Stoppard explained: “I’m interested in lasting partnerships – the formative, friendships, the unions that exist behind the scenes or the decades-long working relationships that have shaped each participant’s vision and life. These relationships are common across the industry, but their complexity has been under-analysed. How is credit shared? How is work divided? Is jealousy or ownership an issue? Is there a recipe for success?”
Fashion Together features never-before-seen sketches, handwritten notes and editorials, displayed alongside garments, films and photographic prints and some of the featured duo’s most acclaimed works (think Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s 2005 portrait of Clint Eastwood for the New York Times Magazine, or Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen’s “Star” headpiece). Alongside that, exclusive audio recordings of the pairs in conversation seeks to provide rare insight into the intimate histories of the partnerships.
Take a look at some of the featured work below.
Nick Knight and Daphne Guinness, 3D printed scans featuring Rick Owens, 2012. Courtesy of SHOWstudio
Michèle Lamy and Rick Owens, Alchemy chair, bronze and leather, 2012 Courtesy of Owenscorp.
Backstage at the Alexander McQueen ‘Black’ show, June 2004. Aluminium Coiled Corset by Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen, The Overlook, Autumn/Winter 1999. Courtesy of the Shaun Leane archive.
Words by Niall Flynn