UK fashion first for The Hepworth Wakefield

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The legacy of artist Barbara Hepworth is celebrated this spring at The Hepworth Wakefield with contemporary exhibitions by Alice Channer, Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Linder, new collection displays, creative family workshops and special events.

On 27 March, the gallery stages a UK fashion first, as internationally renowned fashion designer Peter Jensen presents the British debut of his SS/13 womenswear collection within the galleries of The Hepworth Wakefield.

Jensen’s ‘muses’ have ranged eclectically from Sissy Spacek and New York artist Cindy Sherman, to Helena Rubinstein and disgraced Olympic ice-skater Tonya Harding. As Jensen explains: “I’ve always worked with a muse… I like to look at these women and to try to live within their world for six months, sometimes I wish it could be a longer process, it can’t be because there are set lines and limitations within this world of ours called fashion.”

So what drew Peter to the work of Barbara Hepworth? “I was really interested in looking at her work. That was the interesting part of her, more so than looking at her as a person. We look very much at the organic, feminine shapes of her work. It was very much to do with the holes, of course, in her sculptures. I felt like that was what I wanted to translate into the collection.” He adds: “Being able to present the collection that pays tribute to Barbara Hepworth among her works in the galleries of The Hepworth, is a really special opportunity.”

Taking inspiration from Barbara Hepworth’s sculptural forms, abstract drawings and even the clothes she wore to carve in, Jensen reconfigures an artist’s smock in white georgette, while an overall becomes a button-down dress in pink silk. Utilitarian cardigans and jackets stretch over the head like the artist’s signature head-scarves and Hepworth’s abstract drawings inspire collaged column dresses. High-contrast ovoid forms become scoop-necks for knits, while prints include a scenic view of Hepworth’s cherished garden in St Ives. Hats, in collaboration with Bernstock Speirs, are strikingly sculptural with a hole in the brim, echoing Hepworth’s most iconic sculptural forms. While footwear, including lace-ups with a hole cut in the front, dipped in glitter, exude the quirky Jensen approach.

Simon Wallis, Director, The Hepworth Wakefield said: “This is a unique opportunity to see Peter Jensen’s work within the context of the art that has inspired it. I look forward to seeing how his ambitious new collection brings a different creative discipline into the context of the gallery among Hepworth’s work. Art and fashion have long inspired one another and it’s exciting to see Hepworth’s continuing influence with a major designer.”

Catwalk models will present Peter Jensen’s SS/13 collection in the unique environment of the galleries at The Hepworth Wakefield on Wednesday 27 March and Peter will discuss his collection during a special talk. This event is part of the Wakefield Art Walk 5-9pm. Booking is essential for the Peter Jensen talk: 01924 247360 / hello@hepworthwakefield.org

For further details about The Hepworth Wakefield visit www.hepworthwakefield.org.

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