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In celebration of the 30-year anniversary of his eponymous label, Tommy Hilfiger has teamed up with art dealer and curator Jeffrey Deitch for a new exhibition, titled “Rock Style”, which will run from September 22 to October 30, 2015, at Sotheby’s S|2 gallery in London. The exhibition casts light on the mutual inspiration between fashion, music and art, exploring how musicians have interpreted fashion and have set trends, from the 1950’s to now. Rock Style features some of the most stylish bands and performers that have been a constant source of inspiration for fashion designers, among them Deborah Harry, Prince, Madonna, Jimmy Hendrix and Mick Jagger, as shot by iconic rock photographers like Roberta Bayley, Janette Beckman, Bruce Davidson, Terence Donovan, James Fortune, Bob Gruen, David Hurn, Elliott Landy and Gered Mankowitz.
A special section pays tribute to legendary artist, fashion designer and musician Malcolm McLaren, who contributed to the punk movement and managed The Sex Pistols, and artistic director and graphic designer Arturo Vega, who created the visual identity of The Ramones. The exhibition also features six commissioned portraits of George Harrison, Sid Vicious, Joey Ramone, Jim Hendrix, David Bowie and Deborah Harry by renowned street artist, graphic designer and illustrator Shepard Fairey.
Rock Style is inspired by the same name book that Tommy Hilfiger and music journalist Anthony DeCurtis published back in 2000. The show aims to document the role of fashion as a core part of music’s appeal, examining how rock stars, with their ground-breaking style and often invented extravagant looks, have become universal fashion icons. “Musicians were more influential in the world of fashion than fashion designers,” said Hilfiger, who has maintained a close relationship with music during his career, dressing stars like Mick Jagger, Sting, Quincy Jones, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Sean (Puffy) Combs, The Fugees, Sheryl Crow, Lil’ Kim and Aaliyah.