Yesterday in the International Herald Tribune, Suzy Menkes fretted over fashion brands invading museum halls:
"There is a general feeling that museums across the world are buckling under the pressure of hugely rich designers offering clothes, cash and marketing expertise... Maybe it is time to go back to the historical approach and dare to be didactic, so that museum fashion is less of a designer love fest and more of a learning curve."
But it also seems that art is seeping far into the style world: there was the Gagosian dinner in LA last week, where Zac Posen and Hedi Slimane crashed into artist Bryce Marden (and Kirsten, and Naomi, and Tory Burch). Art Basel is now a haze of cross promotion and champagne, with Miami boutiques hosting new work in their windows (or their ceilings and floors, depending). And the Citizens Band, a performance art collective helmed by Deitch Gallery, is now muse to Erin Fetherston, Zaldy, Edun, Zac... yeah. The partnership between fashion and art is nothing new (just ask John Singer Sargeant, whose paintings often set off a dress craze from the rivals of his painting subjects). What might be new is the sponsorship aspect - How much would Campbells have paid Warhol if he'd been working today? - and the shredding lines between what's beautiful and what's bought. The fun part: Suzy wrote another article that ran yesterday in the Trib. It's called, "Kylie — The Exhibition Draws a Young Crowd to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London."