Filed under: Editorials | Tags: christian eberhard, huberte cesarion, industrie, jean-charles de castelbajac, jeremy scott, julia saner, laura holmes production, malcolm mcclaren, mathias van hooff, murray healy, popaganda, pope john paul ii, sharif hamza, v&a, veronique didry
Decades before any Jeremy Scott collection ever riffed on consumer goods labels or deli slices could in any way be construed as formal attire, French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac was busy chainsawing a niche out of fashion for himself. Having gotten his start in France in the 1960s Jean-Charles has never shied from making bold use of plush toys, inflatable fabrics, or corporate logos amongst others in his collections. Such ballsy design choices brought Jean-Charles no shortage of esteemed admirers and collaborators over the years as diverse as Malcolm McClaren and Pope John Paul II. The Frenchman reveals this and more in speaking with Murray Healy in Industrie 3. In 2006 the V&A of London curated a retrospective of Jean-Charles’s career called POPAGANDA, which according to Healy’s account played a significant role in reappraising an oeuvre that had suffered from diminished interest in the 1990s. Today, however, Jean-Charles is back and his career is in rude health as evidenced by a sixteen page special in Industrie 3, which features an editorial with Ford’s Julia Saner photographed by Sharif Hamza and styled by Véronique Didry. The young Swiss breathes a new vitality into these selections from Jean-Charles’s back catalogue, the result of which makes even an Elvis printed dress from 1984 look contemporary. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s body of work is nothing short of impressive and serves as a historical corrective to much of the supposedly next new shit being hyped by magazines and the interweb alike. That Julia Saner is on hand to illustrate this point is all the more sublime.
Credits include: Industrie Issue 3; Title, “This Is Your Life: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac”; Interview, Murray Healy; Photography, Sharif Hamza; Styling, Véronique Didry; Illustration, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac; Hair, Christian Eberhard; Makeup, Mathias van Hooff; Manicure, Huberte Cesarion; Production, Laura Holmes Production, Ltd; Photography assistance, Mourad Boudrahem; Digital, Tabitha Hoek; Styling assistance, Francesca Parise; Hair assistance, Benedicte Cazau; Location, Studio Astre; Retouching, Blank; Image source, Fashion Gone Rogue.
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