JW Anderson launched a special collection and project with one the most anti-establishment figures of British art, Gilbert & George.
Fulfilling a long-term wish to celebrate the artists, their view of masculinity and British modern life, designer Jonathan Anderson chose to concentrate on three key works by the duo and built part of the Spring-Summer ‘19 collection around them. The works featured are Guard Plants (1980), Dog Boy (1980) and Heavy (1988).
The collection brings this celebration of ordinary boys in the 1980’s to life in a different way today – the prints of the artworks are placed centre stage, in a casual summer capsule of leather biker jackets and latex tees, Breton striped tops and shorts, voluminous cotton and tunics. This is achieved most startlingly in the collection’s accessories, where oversized bags present a perfect canvas to look at G&G’s work afresh.
At once playful, provocative and profound, the world of Gilbert & George will be embraced further in a special publication to celebrate the collection. ‘The Pleasure Book for Boys with JW Andersonand Gilbert & George” is photographed by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Benjamin Bruno.
‘For me, Gilbert & George are the ultimate British Modernists and I am obsessed with their work. I really appreciate both the sense of anarchy and order in what Gilbert & George do and in this way it works perfectly with JW Anderson – it’s a marriage of British eccentricities and traditions.’ – Jonathan Anderson