A PRI­VATE VIEW AT THE SER­PEN­TINE

Harper's Bazaar (UK) - - TALKING POINTS - frances hedges

‘There has al­ways been a hy­brid­ity be­tween art and fash­ion – it’s a le­gacy that goes back to the likes of Elsa Schi­a­par­elli and Sal­vador Dalí,’ said Yana Peel, ad­dress­ing a Bazaar au­di­ence at an ex­clu­sive event held at the Ser­pen­tine Gal­leries. ‘As the CEO here, I want us to in­habit that in­ter­sec­tion and to give artists an op­por­tu­nity to bridge those dis­ci­plines.’

This gath­er­ing took place dur­ing the open­ing week of ‘Passer-by’, an ex­hi­bi­tion con­ceived by the tex­tile de­signer Beca Lip­scombe and the pain­ter Lucy McKen­zie, who co-own the fash­ion la­bel Ate­lier EB. Fol­low­ing Ruinart Cham­pagne and canapés at the neigh­bour­ing restau­rant Chucs, guests em­barked on a cu­ra­tor-led tour of the show, which com­bines his­tor­i­cal ob­jects with com­mis­sioned art­works and a re­tail em­po­rium hous­ing Ate­lier EB’s lat­est col­lec­tion. By break­ing down bound­aries be­tween gen­res, the in­stal­la­tion en­cap­su­lates Peel’s vi­sion of art as ‘a won­der­ful force to bring ev­ery­one to­gether at a time of so many di­vi­sions’.

Above left: Yana Peel (left) and He­lena Lee. Above cen­tre: Naomie Har­ris

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