In formation

Artist Vanessa Beecroft turns the Saint Laurent SS19 show into a conceptual performance piece
By Alex James Taylor | Fashion | 3 December 2018

Last month Anthony Vaccarello announced the launch of a new Saint Laurent art project, titled Self. Here, the designer taps specific artists to “capture different aspects of the Saint Laurent personality, underlining the complexity of various individuals.”

The project kicked off with an exhibition by renowned Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama, featuring images of the Saint Laurent FW18 taken by Moriyama in Japan. Now, for the second part of the project – Self 02 – Saint Laurent have worked with Italian contemporary performance artist Vanessa Beecroft for a series of large-scale portraits set to be presented in Miami at Design District from 1st – 15th of December during Art Basel. The photo wall curated by Anthony Vaccarello will be presented at Museum Garage and Paradise Plaza.

Taken against the vivid backdrop of the Saint Laurent SS19 show (remember? With the sparkling Eiffel Tower, white palm trees and infinity pool runway), the models stand in formation. Clad in black bodysuits, they appear as a tableau vivant, standing parallel to the iconic Parisian monument.


Residing in Los Angeles, Vanessa Beecroft is best known for her large-scale performances, or “living paintings.” Often involving live female models (and often nude), the performance pieces are framed around using the female body as a point of dialogue and confrontation. Beecroft has also become known for her frequent collaborations with Kanye West. Having first met in 2008, Beecroft has been involved with all of Kanye’s Yeezy Season fashion shows as well as the musician’s Runaway video and several of his tours.

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