Known for her whim­si­cal Po­laroid pho­tog­ra­phy, renowned artist Maripol dis­cusses her lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion with BOSS.


In an age when most pho­to­graphs are snapped on dig­i­tal cam­eras and smart­phones, French-born artist Maripol prefers a clas­sic medium, one that was pop­u­lar­ized in the 1940s: the Po­laroid. Maripol was a sta­ple in New York’s arts and cul­ture scene in the ’80s. Hav­ing styled the likes of Madonna (the singer’s getup on the Like a Vir­gin al­bum cover was Maripol’s hand­i­work) and run in the same cir­cles as Andy Warhol and the In­ter­view magazine crowd, Maripol was able to cap­ture a mul­ti­tude of be­hind-the-scenes mo­ments at the hotspots of the time, like Stu­dio 54, all on her Po­laroid cam­era.

Dur­ing the BOSS spring/sum­mer 2016 pre­sen­ta­tion at New York Fash­ion Week, Maripol could be found in the midst of the Park Av­enue pre-show flurry, do­ing what she does best: cap­tur­ing be­hindthe-scenes mo­ments—on Po­laroid film, of course. S/ magazine spoke with the artist about her work, her in­spi­ra­tion, and her part­ner­ship with the Ger­man her­itage brand.

How were you in­tro­duced to the fash­ion world?

I was a nat­u­ral fash­ion­ista when I was a teenager. For me, fash­ion is not only a ne­ces­sity; it’s about beauty. I’ve al­ways been an orig­i­nal, and ahead of my time. Some­times that’s coun­ter­pro­duc­tive so I breathe fash­ion, mean­ing, I love fash­ion. After all, don’t we have to get dressed? One time, some­one asked me how long it takes me to get dressed like this in the morn­ing, and I said, “It takes me as long as it takes you to get dressed in the morn­ing.” Those were the punk days.

What is the cre­ative process like work­ing with BOSS de­signer Ja­son Wu?

There is no need to talk too much—we un­der­stand each other’s sen­si­bil­ity. He’s amaz­ing at see­ing an edit quicker than I do, and there is no waste of time.

Where do you draw your in­spi­ra­tion from?

My in­spi­ra­tion comes from within me. I re­ally never go into mag­a­zines to look for ideas. I think we would have way more orig­i­nal ideas if ev­ery­one weren’t look­ing at other peo­ple’s work; we would have much more orig­i­nal de­signs. We have a ten­dency to look at the past, but some­times I feel like ev­ery­thing has been done. Yet there is al­ways room for new ideas. I love to work with my hands, so any­thing to do with cut­ting or mould­ing is im­por­tant to me. As for pho­tog­ra­phy, I see beauty in ev­ery­thing.

What fas­ci­nates you most about Po­laroids?

I love the in­stant, and to dis­cover the im­age. It takes a while to de­velop, and you never know what you’re go­ing to get, so it adds to the mys­tery. I only shoot Po­laroids.

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