Exploring Jonathan Anderson’s intellectually considered blend of art, fashion and sexuality.
Northern Irish designer, Jonathan William Anderson, or simply J. W Anderson to his fashionable followers, has become somewhat of an industry elite, with his androgynous design creations having garnered his namesake brand a loyal following of fashion editors as well as the general public. Debuting his first menswear collection in 2008, he quickly established the label, launching a capsule collection for women in 2010 which gained critical success, providing those wishing to opt out of fashion’s flamboyance a suitable functional, yet sleek alternative; as well as managing to successfully showcase both exaggerated catwalk creations as well as simplify for the commercial market.
Next spring The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield will offer an insight into the 31-year-old’s artistic thought process, in a new exhibition that will explore his creative vision and his remarkable ability to fuse contemporary art, haute fashion and sexuality. Titled Disobedient Bodies, different gallery spaces will portray inspirations behind his key collections; including the AW13 menswear line that showcased leather dresses and Marigold-style gloves. Also featured are works that have influenced Anderson’s work, from artists Sarah Lucas and Barbara Hepworth, to photographer Jamie Hawkesworth. At the heart of the exhibition will be an interactive installation specially designed by Anderson.
"This is a rare and exciting opportunity for me to bring together some of the works of art and fashion that long inspired my own creative work and to see what happens when these objects rub up against each other. I want the exhibition to mirror the speed and unexpected encounters that characterise the way in which we consume images today, as well as being a space in which to explore ideas of gender and identity that have been an ongoing part of my creative practice." - Jonathan Anderson
In 2015 Jonathan Anderson became the first person to be named both menswear and womenswear designer of the year at the British Fashion Awards, a prestigious honour and an acknowledgment of his trailblazing commitment to blurring the lines between femininity and masculinity.
Disobedient Bodies : J.W.Anderson is at The Hepworth, Wakefield from 18 March.