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Piece d’Anarchive collaborate with artist Jean Pierre Raynaud for their s/s 2014 collection

Piece d’Anarchive, the French knitwear brand founded by French sisters Deborah and Priscilla Royer and their friend Virginie Muys, collaborated with legendary conceptual artist Jean Pierre Raynaud for their s/s 2014 collection. The main inspiration behind the collection was “Le Maison de La Celle-Saint Cloud” – a house and art gallery built by Raynaud in 1974, composed almost entirely of thin black bordered, 15 x 15cm sterile white tiles. Raynaud spent 25 years building the house, which remained open to the public until 1988, before being finally demolished by the artist in 1993. For the presentation of the collection at the Palais de Tokyo last Sepetember, Piece d’Anarchive worked directly with Jean Pierre Raynaud, who created a special installation of 64 steel containers filled with original tiles of Le Maison. Raynaud’s intervention was reminiscent of a previous installation shown at the CAPC Contemporary Art Museum of Bordeaux shortly after the demolition of his celebrated house. The presentation was accompanied by a fashion film directed by Tiffany Godoy, screened behind Raynaud’s installation, and an amazing soundtrack by techno musician Andy Stott.

“We liked the idea of a new way to present the collection. We associate Jean-Pierre Raynaud’s work with free-thinking and experimentation; we had been looking at his photos during our inspiration research for the collection and then got to meet him and it was a true revelation,” said Priscilla Royer to ArtInfo.“He spent 23 years building a house and then destroyed it. We wanted to ask him why; we wanted to learn from him. Also the fact that we are building our fashion house has a symbolic connection.” Piece d’Anarchive’s s/s 2014 collection was heavily inspired by Reynaud’s creative universe, with his signature white ceramic tile with black joints serving as the main graphic reference. Matte leather was combined with glossy fabrics and the looks were completed with some amazing platforms. It was an excellent demonstration of how Paris elegance can be combined with sportswear, and at the same time a reminder that Raynaud’s work remains more relevant than ever.