Monday, 22 July 2013
“ I just want to draw and about fashion exclusively. For me fashion illustration is a highly personal form of expression. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means is what I strive for in my illustrations.”
- PIET PARIS –
25 Years after his graduation Piet Paris provides us insight into his work with his exposition ‘The Chambers of Piet Paris’.
Piet Paris is still one of my favorite fashion illustrators. Last month I went to see his exhibition in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
Like his father did to their parental home, Piet Paris has decorated his Chambers from top to bottom with his beautiful work. Paris selected over 75 illustrations for Louis Vuitton, Vogue, Elle, Rijksmuseum, KLM and Saks Fifth Avenue. With participation of Prada, Marni, Thorn Browne and many others. It’s amazing being this close to his work. There is something new in each illustration. His unique approach in craft and design. To see his sketching process wall. To see all his new work.
To touch the tableware. Paris shows the development of an illustration, a stepwise process, room by room.
The last years Paris has expanded his ambition for product design. From stamps to three-dimensional design like; Royal Delft Ceramics Designs, tableware, Carpets, and even a complete Fashion Hotel: Hotel Modez. The exhibition ends on the runway with the Backdrop Venue for Viktor & Rolf Summer 2011. Like his illustrations the products are all concerned with form, composition and the spatial effect, for Piet Paris it feels like a natural step.
The last room shows a table piled up with illustrations. Piet Paris always makes his handmade illustrations format A3.
As a big fan, Paris surprised me, again, with this beautiful exhibition.
THE CHAMBERS OF PIET PARIS
Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem | The Netherlands
Until August 4, 2013