Patricia Field made a name for herself by creating the look and feel for Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. Today she is still active in creating signature styles like stage performance looks for Madonna and Beyoncé.
Now she bridges the gap between high-fashion and fine art, and will be converging dual forms at ArtFashion, a gallery exhibition and curated collection, one-of-a-kind pieces by artists that have her signature curated look. Running at White Dot Gallery in Miami throughout the month of December, the art bazaar marks Field’s Art Basel debut. Here she gives us the information on what to expect.
IRMA: How do you choose your artist cooperations?
Patricia Field: My artists consist of both artists that I have worked with in the past, beginning in the early 1980s (Suzan Pitt, Jody Morlock, Tina Paul) and new emerging artists of today (Scooter La Forge, Iris Bonner, Tom Knight.)
IRMA: Where do you like to go in Miami during Art Basel to feel the art buzz?
Patricia Field: Miami is a city of culture & creativity. A city where one constantly stumbles upon artistic expression everyday, including music, fashion and of course painting & sculpture.
IRMA: How important is color in terms of print design?
Patricia Field: I love color. Our perception of color is a gift from the light refraction of our sun. The use of color represents an optimism as opposed to a pessimistic mood of black . I use it and mix it in all aspects of my design process, including in film & TV and interior design. This is my first time attending Art Basel Miami and I am looking forward to my new discoveries.
IRMA: You do all kinds of artists cooperations for stars like Beyoncé. Please tell us what to keep in mind when designing a stage outfit.
Patricia Field: The most important aspect in designing for stage is the subject & the situation. Originality is ALWAYS a must!
IRMA: More and more designers are looking for unique prints. Is there a styling tip you can give us when it comes to mixing patterns and prints?
Patricia Field: Mixed prints are definitely a trend today. I believe that it is a movement arising out of boredom with standardized mass produced fashion. Mixing in one’s own way dismays & represents a persons exercise in originality.
IRMA: What do you find most annoying about the fashion industry and the art scene these days?
Patricia Field: The most annoying and boring aspect about the fashion industry & art scene today is homogenization and commercialization which is our current condition. However, young artists are on the move. Fashion is now taking cues from art. It is reminiscent of the 1980s art movement. For me this is very optimistic.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Scooter collaborated with women like Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Debbie Harry. His nostalgic pop and cartoon imagery with a pinkish attitude makes his work quite unique and recognizable.
Iris Barbee Bonner
Displayed in notable art galleries both her hometown of Philadelphia and New York City, Iris’s art has created an audience that craves her insatiable style.
With celebrities such as Amber Rose and Missy Elliot seeking out her art apparel. The brand’s notoriety soared.
In 2010, New York artist, Kyle Brincefield started STUDmuffin NYC, a unique clothing line offering one-of-a-kind customizable pieces. Each handmade piece takes on a life on their own, eluding a “look at me“ vibe. Now with STUDmuffin NYC growing and in high demand, Kyle has turned to building has brand globally while still appealing to his “one of a kind” customer.
Tom KNIGHT, TomTom
Tom Knight is an up-and-coming fashion designer who produces eccentric and intricate corsets, dresses, tops and skirts. Covered in glitzy diamonds and sequins, tough heavy metal and swatches of fabric containing iconic pop imagery, Tom’s corsets are all one-of-a kind, uniquely Tom Knight.