The art world’s presence within the fashion industry is nothing new, from Sterling Ruby for Raf Simons to Phoebe Philo’s recent referencing of Yves Klein at Celine, the pairing is a tried and tested formula.
The latest brand to showcase its Art Pass credentials then, takes the form of Birmingham’s Dark Circle: the premium streetwear label has collaborated with Woodbury House Contemporary Art on a new project exploring the work of Richard Hambleton.
Under the House’s ethos to ‘bring art to the masses’, several of Hambleton’s pieces have been translated into an exclusive capsule collection of 25 ‘repurposed artworks’ – pictured above shot by Morgan Tedd – as well as Shadowman, a new 16-piece capsule line of more traditionally wearable garments.
Amongst the works tapped for Dark Circle’s re-imagination of the Godfather of Street Art – Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were peers – are back catalogue pieces like Stop Sign, those from the Horse and Rider series, and the artist’s iconic shadowman figures: the latter collection’s moniker is borrowed from original headlines that asked in 80’s New York, ‘Who is the Shadowman?’.
While the jackets that comprise the art offering mirror the sartorial nature of Hambleton’s own painting jacket and have been produced in 3.5m Panama Canvas, a nod to the artist’s original canvases, Shadowman boasts tees, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats and skatedecks. Everything drops 17th November.