Since her first collections, Christine Phung develops her work through various collaborations, particularly putting forward expert craftsmanship. For her two latest collections, she has chosen to work with contemporary artists. Philippe Decrauzat for summer 2016 and Mathieu Mercier for winter 2016-2017.
Contemporary art, that was always a very strong source of inspiration for Christine Phung’s esthetic universe, is now a central part of these two collections. The works of art are no longer just a reference, but fuse with the collection and influence in a direct way the shapes, colors and materials.
Having discovered his work during the « Dynamo » exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, Christine Phung fell for Philippe Decrauzat’s universe. She met him personally a few years later and found within his work echos of her own research on visual distorsions inspired by kinetic art and minimalist and geometric shapes.
The collaboration was born from this desire for experimentation and dialogue between the artist and the designer.
A graphic radiance can be found at the heart of the SS16 collection in which the the artist’s stripes come to life, are deconstructed and animated by blending with pleats, a trademark of Christine’s work.
Enriched by this first experience, Christine Phung is collaborating once again with an artist for winter 2017,Mathieu Mercier. Echoing the important elements in Christine’s collections that are patchworks and cut outs, the series of paintings by Mathieu Mercier « Diamonds » has a major role in this new collection.
Through these partnerships, Christine Phung imagines fashion as a pluridisciplinary creative space where different actors, moved by a will to establish no barriers between different creative fields, come together to dialogue in a free and playful way.
Born in France at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine in 1970.
Mathieu Mercier received his diplomas in fine arts from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure of Bourges and from the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques in Paris. After winning the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2003, followed by an exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou, his entire work was shown at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris / ARC and then at the Kunsthalle in Nuremberg in 2008.
Since the beginning of his carrier, Mathieu Mercier has been developing a reflexion around the definition of the place of an object, be it in the field of industrial consumption or of art. This research is expressed in a permanent questioning of the symbolic and the utility of objects.
Born in 1974 in Lausanne where he lives and works, Phillippe Decrauzat is an artist who uses simultaneously the language of Russian Constructivists, the optical effects of kinetic art and the simple geometric shapes of minimalist art. His mural paintings, sculptures, installations or even his films explore the status of abstraction in contemporary culture but also play with our perception of space.
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