THE ARTISTS' EDITIONS
by Vilebrequin x JRP|Editions
Vilebrequin and JRP|Editions joined each other for a new “art”venture which will see acclaimed international artists widen their horizons, inviting us to reconsider the creative possibilities of a swimsuit.
Curated by Lionel Bovier, Director of MAMCO Geneva and Arnaud Hubert, CEO of JRP|Editions, this wide-ranging offering swimsuits, ready-to-wear, and accessories brings together artists with radically different voices who share a common interest in how their work can translate to textile.
Vilebrequin’s unmatched printing expertise and particular attention to quality ensure every piece in the collection maintains the integrity of the original. Presented as precious collector’s volumes with their own hardcovers, the Artist Editions just as easily belong on your bookshelf as they do in your suitcase.
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No stranger to beach culture, LA-born artist Kenny Scharf came up on the New York art scene in the 1980s. Steeped in imagery from 1950s American pop culture, his scenes and characters depict a cartoon-like utopia imbued with vibrant, optimistic colors.
MOORISE – MEN – TORTUES RAINBOW MULTICOLOR
$ 327 BUYKenny Scharf
CHELLY – TORTUES RAINBOW MULTICOLOR
$ 284 BUYKenny Scharf
JIRISE – BOYS – TORTUES RAINBOW MULTICOLOR
$ 207 BUYKenny Scharf
BALADIN – TORTUES RAINBOW MULTICOLOR
$ 104 BUYKenny Scharf
BENY – TORTUES RAINBOW MULTICOLOR
$ 98 BUYKenny Scharf
MOOREA – MEN – Faces in Places
$ 316 DISCOVERKenny Scharf
JIM – BOYS – FACES IN PLACES
$ 180 BUYKenny Scharf
CHELLY – Faces in Places
$ 284 DISCOVERKenny Scharf
BENY – Faces in Places
$ 98 DISCOVERKenny Scharf
BALADIN – Faces in Places
$ 104 DISCOVERKenny Scharf
SCANDAL – Faces in Places
$ 175 BUYKenny Scharf
John M Armleder is a Swiss performance artist, painter, and sculptor who has spent four decades developing his own creative vocabulary by mixing mediums, techniques, and movements—“a supermarket of forms,” as he calls it. Teaming an extraordinary visual culture with delegation principles and chance procedures, he exploits the tension between mastery and randomness. His body of work stretches from abstraction to appropriation, and installation to multiples.
Since the early 1990s, Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury has been exploring the crossovers between art, fashion, tuning, and the New Age aesthetic. By customizing objects borrowed from mainstream culture, she forces viewers to reassess the notions of value, fetishized luxury, and gendered consumption. With strong ties to Conceptualism, her artistic practice covers sculpture, performance, painting, and installation.
As Lionel Bovier explains: “We wanted to curate a collection that would allow us to explore as many voices and designs as possible. This meant bringing together artists with radically different approaches, but who share an interest in how their work can migrate from the canvas or walls to textile. They are united by a common thread: the power of their work, the clarity of their artistic language, and the integrity with which Vilebrequin handled their projects.”
At a time when the eyes are free to travel to places the feet can’t always get to, the relationship between Vilebrequin and JRP|Editions feels particularly meaningful. Early on in the pandemic, Vilebrequin CEO Roland Herlory and Arnaud Hubert, accompanied by Lionel Bovier recognized the potential for creating swimsuits with artists—essential for anyone dreaming of the coast and finding freedom again!