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Buying The Art Of Christian Marclay And The Fashion Of Hedi Slimane At Celine

An experience best described in one word: Kapow!

As the art crowd descends upon the seventh edition of Art Basel Hong Kong this weekend, there’s another art outing brewing. Come mid-April, Celine will be dropping Hedi Slimane’s first collaboration at the brand in stores. The tie-up sees Swiss-American music composer and visual artist Christian Marclay translating his signature onomatopoeic artwork onto ready-to-wear and accessories at Celine.

Marclay who is a longtime friend of Slimane’s is well-known for his oeuvre that blends sounds and visual art into one transformative experience. Without a doubt, The Clock (2010) — a 24-hour video montage made from thousands of film clips that feature clocks or timepieces is his most famous work. That masterpiece earned him the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion award.

For his collaboration with Celine, Marclay references his large-scale silent video installation Christian Marclay: Surround Sounds which is currently showing at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in North Carolina till Sep 3. Words such as “whizz”, “zoom” and “beep” that he sampled from vintage comic books create a visual cacophony when beamed onto the walls of a darkened room.

These buzzwords are turned into fabrics that are printed, sequinned or embroidered by Hedi Slimane, taking on a demi-couture finish. In turn, these intricate fabrics land on cardigans, jackets and dresses to create a rambunctious and eclectic wardrobe that’s primed for Slimane’s nightlife aesthetic. On top of that, there are also more accessible pieces like the Baguette clutch emblazoned with “kaboom” and pins and brooches moulded in the shape of “beep”. Every piece from the Marclay collaboration is limited to just a handful number of pieces.

In an interview with Another magazine, Marclay explained how these sounds swathed on the body creates a beautiful moving image.”They come to life, they’re like sound effects for everyday movements. There is a displacement, and the body becomes like a page to be read. Or a living sculpture. It was really a process of translation,” he said.

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