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WWD Collections issue 11/09/2009

From Salvador Dalí’s relationship with Elsa Schiaparelli to Louis Vuitton’s collaborations with Takashi Murakami, art and fashion have long rubbed elbows. A number of figures from the contemporary art scene hit the Paris shows for inspiration.

This story first appeared in the November 9, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.


German artist Andreas Gursky stationed his cameras high above the runways at Christian Dior, Givenchy and Martin Margiela, for instance. The artist said he’s been training his huge lenses on the Paris shows since March as part of a fashion project that will culminate in an exhibition. Others took it all in from the front row. “Going to a show is like having a really, really strong espresso. It’s a jolt to the senses, like a little opera condensed into a few minutes,” said Beijing-born Canadian artist Terence Koh, who attended Martin Margiela, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh and Yves Saint Laurent, among others.


Bad boy artist Nate Lowman accompanied gal pal Mary-Kate Olsen to Giambattista Valli, while Francesco Clemente, Philippe Parreno and Francesco Vizzoli were also spotted during the week. Partying at Pierre Hardy’s anniversary bash, French artist Xavier Veilhan chatted about the daunting prospect of filling Jeff Koons’ shoes for his exhibition at the historic Château de Versailles. “You just have to seize the moment and run with it,” said Veilhan, whose exhibit there ends in December.

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