Art inspo

J.W.Anderson reveals his subversive inspirations
By Joey Levenson | Fashion | 6 September 2016

Top Image: Photo by Jamie Hawkesworth

Acclaimed British designer J.W.Anderson is bringing his work to The Hepworth Wakefield gallery in Yorkshire for a 2017 exhibition. The Disobedient Bodies exhibition will focus on the human form and its relationship with gender, tracing how this has been played out in the likes of modern art and contemporary fashion. Anderson promises the exhibition will be “a space in which to explore ideas of gender and identity that have been an ongoing part of [his] creative practice” thus far.

With complete access to the gallery, the designer has divided the exhibition into three rooms.  One room will focus on Anderson’s passion for modern art, and feature works by Sarah Lucas, Barbara Hepworth and Louise Bourgeois in conjunction with gender-blurring fashion pieces by the likes of Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo, Helmut Lang and Issey Miyake.

Gallery: Backstage at J.W.Anderson SS17


Anderson’s FW13 collection takes centre stage in room two, which notoriously spliced gender codes and subverted preconceived ideas of men’s and women’s wear. Here, you’ll be able to find those leather dresses and knee-high boots which originally propelled Anderson into the limelight.

Finally, in the third room – dubbed the ‘research lab’ – exhibition goers can find an array of installations which have inspired the designer over the years. A selection of film, music, and photography that have worked in conjunction with his collections will be on display here — including photos from his longtime friend Jamie Hawkesworth.

‘Disobedient Bodies: J.W.Anderson at The Hepworth Wakefield’ will be on display from 18th March — 18th June 2017 at The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW. Entry is free.


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