British artist Barbara Hepworth’s sculptural forms, abstract drawings, and work clothes were the inspiration behind Peter Jensen’s spring/summer 2013 collection. The Danish fashion designer recreated the artist’s smock in white georgette and reinterpreted overalls into a pink silk dress. Hepworth’s abstract drawings inspired the column dresses and prints scattered throughout the collection draw from the artist’s scenic garden in St. Ives. Jensen will stage a fashion show, which will mark the collection’s British debut, at The Hepworth Wakefield on March 27 among the art that inspired the it.
“This is a unique opportunity to see Peter Jensen’s work within the context of the art that has inspired it,” said Simon Wallis, Director, The Hepworth Wakefield. “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.”
The collection also features accessories inspired by Hepworth’s sculptural aesthetics. Hats were designed in collaboration with Bernstock Speirs and feature a hole in the brim as homage to Hepworth’s most recognized works. The lace-up footwear also echoes the same sentiment and has a hole cut in the front.
“We look very much at the organic, feminine shapes of her work,” explained Jensen. “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.”
Jensen’s previous muses have included an eclectic range of women from New York artist Cindy Sherman, to disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, and actress Sissy Spacek.
“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,” explained Jensen.