SKIN-TIGHT: Fashion and art have never been as closely intertwined as at Paris’ Silencio on Tuesday night. Two chairs, a pair of thigh-high boots custom-made by Francesco Russo and bare skin — lots of it — were the main ingredients of a performance staged by Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon. The elusive nightclub-cum-theater designed by director David Lynch proved the ideal venue for the brazen if slightly obscure cabaretlike act based on an improvised interaction between Gordon, who wore said boots with a black shirt (and nothing else), and his female counterpart.

“It’s not about fashion any more,” explained Russo, who had personally sewn matching gloves onto the black-and-nude stiletto boots, which, when worn with the provocative footwear, put the protagonists in even more compromising positions, giving full view of Gordon’s private parts. Don’t bother asking what the exact message was.

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“Art is about the artist posing the questions and the person who watches giving the answers,” was Russo’s explanation.

OK. But it struck a chord with collectors, who had arrived in Paris ahead of FIAC, the city’s annual art fair starting Thursday.

“In a sense, it’s like a tailor-made sculpture; each piece is unique,” said the shoe designer, as he took measurements of the impromptu buyers’ feet and hands while the performance unfurled further. “I just wish I could get two instead of only one boot,” said a young connoisseur, vowing to cherish the boot-cum-glove as part of her private art collection.

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