When we were approached to see if we’d like to post about BlackBerry and Vice Style’s Visionaries project, we were intrigued. As you all know (and hopefully love!) we only post about things that we have seen, created, collated and discovered ourselves, so it is a little departure to use our blog as a platform to profile someone else’s project. We made this exception as its this project reflects many of the things that we believe in at “Blink”, and we also think Gareth Pugh, the first subject of this project, is an absolute genius.
The Visionaries project is intended to look at both established and up-and-coming individuals who make fashion happen. Each film stars a seminal fashion visionary and a rising star of their choosing. The visionaries are the art directors, designers, stylists, photographers and editors who broke ground with their work and helped define the look of a generation. Their chosen luminaries have the potential to alter the landscape of fashion in years to come, embodying the fashion world’s predilection for innovation and subversion of the accepted blueprint.
Last decade, award-winning Fashion designer Gareth Pugh exploded onto the scene and single-handedly recaptured and reinvented the spirit of British fashion. Today his influence can be seen worldwide and his impact on the look of this generation can be described as era-defining. He got his first break designing Kylie Minogue‘s comeback costume and kitting out her entire Showgirl tour. Beyonce is his most vocal fan and has seemingly worn Pugh in more music videos than in ones she hasn’t. Lady Gaga has not only worn many of his creations on and off tour, but is a collaborator. Pugh’s muse is none other than the inimitable Daphne Guinness. He has collaborated extensively with all the major publications including Vogue, Another, i-D, Dazed & Confused, Wonderland and Arena Homme+, and shot with the likes of Mario Testino, Nick Knight, Alasdair Mclellan and Karl Lagerfeld. Pugh discusses his ongoing collaborations with fashion filmmaker Ruth Hogben, a visionary who he hails as “one person who could change the face of fashion” and the reasons he believes film is so instrumental in the fashion industry. Pugh and Hogben speak of their inspiration, skill, passion, luck and the unique personal visions behind their art and collaborations.
Enjoy, and we’ll post parts 2 and 3 very soon!