Christopher Lee Sauvé has always believed fashion industry insiders were as fascinating, if not more fascinating, than mainstream celebrities.
The artist, best known for his “Save Anna” image, which was emblazoned on stickers and t-shirts a few seasons back, recently made headlines with his “I Was Touched by Terry” drawing, a commentary on the Terry Richardson scandal.
Of course, it makes sense that one who can capture a moment in an industry so effortlessly was once an integral part of that machine. Before turning to art and his own collection full time, Sauvé did graphic design work for big names like Diane von Furstenberg and Alexander Wang.
We recently chatted with the artist about everything from Anna, to Terry, to what’s next.
Fashionista: Hi Chris! So, let’s get down to it. What made you decide to take on the whole Terry Richardson thing?
Christopher Sauvé: I was reading all the articles on numerous blogs, and I started talking to people socially–at parties, that sort of thing–who it had actually happened. I’m not trying to be insensitive at all. I do this sort of thing, I make art like this because it gets people talking. Whether you’re pro-Terry or not, this whole thing says something about the psyche of our society.
You were an art director for brands like DVF before you decided to focus on your art full time. What accounted for the shift in your career? The popularity of your “Save Anna” stuff?
I guess I’ve always been obsessed with the fashion industry. Fashion people are always looking at actors and celebrities. I decided to turn the camera the other way. So many industry people are really cool and over the top. They inspire me.
A lot of those people–Anna, Andre Leon Talley–have become real celebrities over the last few years. I know, it’s crazy! With the Anna Wintour, thing, if you worked in the industry, or cared about fashion, you knew who she was. But now my mom’s friends that live in a tiny town in Canada know who she is.
Your t-shirts are really big in Tokyo. Do you have another company producing them there? No, I do everything locally. Everything is screened here and I do limited edition runs. I just do a big event in Tokyo every year to promote them.
You’ve got a lot coming up in terms of showing off your work. What are you really excited about? I recently did a photo shot for my new campaign with photographer Gerd Bayer, and I’m doing an exhibition in Dubai this October. I’m also doing an the event MAD MAUS in Montreal on May 14. I designed a hat and an Anna Maus t-shirt.