20 February 2012
giles autumn/winter 2012 AT LONDON FASHION WEEK february 2012

Nine works of art have been commissioned for the project. Each work is a collaboration between a leading contemporary artist and fashion designer. Their brief was to create a work of art which will inspire creativity and represent London as a capital for creative excellence.

The artists and designers involved in the project:

Giles Deacon and Jeremy Deller
Hussein Chalayan and Gavin Turk
Jonathan Saunders and Jess Flood Paddock
Mary Katrantzou and Mark Titchner
Matthew Williamson and Mat Collishaw
Nicholas Kirkwood and Simon Periton
Paul Smith and Charming Baker
Peter Pilotto and Frances Upritchard
Stephen Jones and Cerith Wyn Evans

The works will BE:

  • Auctioned through Phillips de Pury to raise money for the BFC/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation and future projects
  • Unveiled on 27th June 2012 at a VIP Gala fundraising event before going on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). Monies raised from the gala will form part of a bursary to encourage and support emerging artists and designers and to help encourage future collaborations.
  • Exhibited to the public throughout the London 2012 Festival - at the V&A from 6th-29th July, followed by an installation in Selfridges ‘Wonder Windows’ programme during July and August.
“Artists never work in isolation, my practice is dependent on what I see, hear and read everyday. For the Britain Creates project I have privilege of working with one of Britain's finest and most energetic young designers, exploring the similarities and differences in our processes and enjoying the simple, inspiring pleasure of seeing just where that might lead us.”
- Mark Titchner

The BFC will also issue an accompanying book for the exhibition with a foreword by Lucy Yeomans, Editor of Harper’s Bazaar and introduction by renowned fashion writer Iain R. Webb. The publication, an ‘exhibition in a box’ produced with Booth-Clibborn Editions, will include sections on all of the artists and designers, their sketches and proposals for the collaborations, photographs of work in progress and specially commissioned portraits of all the participants, and a set of posters showing each of the finished works.