liu bolin for harper's bazaar
feb 06, 2012
liu bolin for harper's bazaar


lavin’s alber elbaz gets painted into the french fashion brand’s jewel tone dresses and fabrics 
photo by liu bolin
courtesy eli klein fine art, new york

harper’s bazaar magazine has sent us images of their latest collaboration with contemporary chinese artist liu bolin
released in their march 2012 issue. bolin is typically known to be the subject of his works, camouflaging himself
into carefully selected environments. however for this project with the hearst magazines publication the artist has removed
himself from being the focus of his work. instead he celebrates four major fashion houses: jean paul gaultier, lanvin, missoni and valentino,
by selecting their designers as his subjects and getting them to ‘lose themselves in their work’, painting them into their signature designs and patterns.

there are many chinese citizens who need to prove themselves by buying western brands, so in this series I head each designer
in his or her own designs. you think about the relationship between the world we create and ourselves.

– liu bolin to laura brown of harper’s bazaar

read more at harper’s bazaar here.


left: detail of alber elbaz of lanvin
right: photo of the painting process by laura brown

as a designer, I’m not an exhibitionst; I’m more of a voyeur. all I try to do is be invisible.’ – alber elbaz


french designer jean paul gaultier gets lost in his iconic strips
photo by liu bolin

courtesy eli klein fine art, new york

it’s very good for my work to be a chameleon.’ – jean paul gaultier


left: jean paul gaultier being painted with photo by laura brown
right: detail of a stripe ridden jean paul gaultier with photo by liu bolin


angela missoni of italian brand missoni camouflaged into one of the label’s signature patterns
photo by liu bolin
courtesy eli klein fine art, new york

I am missoni myself, so I wanted to totally disappear into my fabric. but if I could be invisible,
I would forget about clothes for a day. I’d be invisible but naked
.’ – angela missoni


valentino’s maria grazia chiuri and pierpaolo piccioli hiding amongst the italian fashion house’s collection of red dresses
photo by liu bolin

courtesy eli klein fine art, new york

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