When I was walking around NYC after the Whitney Biennial this past weekend, I did a double take as I passed a clothing store on Madison Avenue … hey, those are Jeff Koons art works on those dresses! (below left, with the original Jeff Koons art works to the right).
As I looked a little closer, I found out that these are a “limited edition collection, inspired by Jeff Koons,” by designer Lisa Perry. “Inspired?” I’m not sure there’s much inspiration going on here, since she simply slapped the image on some dresses … it’s not like she re-interpreted the images, or gave them a different twist, it’s pretty much “as is” on the fabric.
There is one twist to this whole thing which has a positive side: a portion of the price tag for each dress will go to an organization that Koons founded after his son became a victim of parental kidnapping (a story which I hadn’t heard before, in which his ex-wife took his son to Europe against his wishes). “The Koons Family Institute” is an initiative of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, so let’s hope this project of art and fashion can do some good.