Smockshop

Cartoon characters and superheroes wear the same outfit every single day. But would you? Andrea Zittel thinks you should. The artist, who is well-kn
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Cartoon characters and superheroes wear the same outfit every single day. But would you? Andrea Zittel thinks you should. The artist, who is well-kn
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Cartoon characters and superheroes wear the same outfit every single day. But would you? Andrea Zittel thinks you should. The artist, who is well-known for her previous fashion/art projects, commissioned twelve young artists to create dresses loosely based on a pattern she created. The resulting dresses are intended to be worn for an entire season - every single day. The project all started years ago when Zittel landed her first post-art school job as a gallery assistant at uber-hip Pat Hearn Gallery. Instead of shopping at H&M and sample sales like the rest of us, or cashing in her trust fund like the other gallery girls, Zittel took the work wardrobe challenge as inspiration to design a daily uniform for herself. She created dresses that she could wear day after day for an entire season, and launched her career in the process. After working for years on other projects blurring lines between function and form, she's returned to her fashion-art roots and brought us the "Smockshop" - a conceptual flagship/installation of dozens of adorable one-of-a-kind dresses, housed in Chelsea's Susan Inglett Gallery through October 13. Then they'll be sold at what's euphemistically been described as "ready-to-wear prices," which is kind of vague, but probably means you can't afford one on a 22K art gallery assistant salary. --ALISON COOL