Curated Art Fashion by Patricia Field Comes to White Dot Gallery for Basel
Photo by Johnny Rozsa
Starting today, sartorial pioneer Patricia Field will take over the White Dot Gallery in Wynwood. For the entire month, the gallery will showcase works the Emmy Award-winning costumer has curated. The exhibit's focus will be on what Field refers to as art fashion — i.e., unique, made-to-order clothing and accessories created by nine artists with whom she's collaborated.
Field is best known for her work as the costume designer for Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada, but she got her start in 1966 with the opening of her eponymous boutique in downtown Manhattan. Her storefront quickly became synonymous with cutting-edge, statement fashion and for launching the careers of many creatives, designers, and stylists. In recent years, she began asking artists to paint on clothing and would stock their one-of-a-kind pieces in her shop.
After selling the store in early 2016, Field decided to transform her website into an art fashion gallery where people can view and shop the designs. She's since done two runway shows in Berlin and New York City and says the positive response has readied her to hop on the Art Basel Miami Beach train. In addition to offering the art-as-fashion items, Field has curated a collection of sculptures, paintings, and photos by the nine featured designers plus four others.
"I think of it as a bazaar of art fashion, painting, sculpture, and photos. My style has always been very full on content as opposed to minimalistic. It will be full of objects and fashion. I think it’s going to be exciting," Field says.
Everything displayed will be available for purchase, and prices range from $100 for a T-shirt painted by Tom Knight (AKA Tom Tom Fashions) to a $2,000 coat done by acclaimed artist Suzan Pitt. Fans of the artistically driven designs include Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, and Madonna.
Each piece is an original and represents Fields' long-standing interest in the art world. She believes fashion should be an expression of individuality and worries fast fashion has become so prevalent it threatens to thwart creativity. "I’m just as opposed to dressing in head-to-toe Chanel as I am in dressing in head-to-toe Zara because it doesn’t allow a person to style themselves individually," she explains.
Though Field is in her 70s, she's still hard at work and in demand. Apart from her art fashion collaborations, she does the costumes for the TV show Younger, which is gearing up to shoot its fourth season. She has owned a condo in South Beach since the late '80s and says she's looking forward to spending more time in Miami and debuting her Art Basel show.
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