Friday, December 12, 2008
Play With Your Fashion
Visionaire is a quarterly fashion publication that changes themes, formats, and contributors with every issue. There is a core team of editors and creative directors, including the fabulous Cecila Dean, who conceive of each issue and choose collaborators. Always featuring the work of brilliant established and upcoming artists with a fashion focus, Visionaire has managed to stay innovative and current even after 17 years and over 50 issues. Although I can't afford the $675 annual subscription cost, exploring back issues in their online gallery is a free taste of the couture mag's conceptual, cool fun. Lucky NYC'ers can also get their hands on the real issues at the Visionaire Gallery located at 11 Mercer St which houses back issues and stages exhibits related to the current issue.
Their latest issue is entitled Surprise! and is composed of a limited edition series of pop-up books from various artists and fashion world luminaries, including Sophie Calle , Solve Sundsbo, and Cai Guo Qiang.
Visionaire, in my humble opinion, is their constant embrace of the new and their innovation. They've had issues you can taste, smell, light up, and wear. They play it so cool.