NEW YORK — From the moment Tara Subkoff burst onto the scene with Imitation of Christ in 2000, she gave fashion folks plenty of fodder on which to chew.
She created conceptual collections often made from recycled and reworked clothes, but the theatrics she chose to present them with were, at times, annoyingly irritating (remember the mind-numbing tap dancer that wouldn’t stop?). Subkoff also dabbled in acting and came with a high-profile group of celebrity friends such as Scarlett Johansson, Natasha Lyonne and Chloë Sevigny, but bust-ups with other friends and partners garnered her almost as much ink in newspaper columns. She sold her brand, then departed shortly thereafter. Last year, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and friends publicly rallied around her to raise funds to pay for the surgery and treatment.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"