Focus

VI, VII

Than Hussein Clark, H4

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Jean Desert, Than Hussein Clark (with Studio G.A.N) and Ervin Løffler, Focus section, Frieze Art Fair, London 2017

Than Hussein Clark (b. 1981) transforms the booth into a large scale installation—a bespoke Fitting Room housing a performance and lavish series of new sculptures.

Inspired by vanguard designer Eileen Grey’s short lived boutique Jean Desert, Noiret’s Interiors for Elsa Schiaparelli, and the more general interlocking between the cultures of interior design and fashion in interwar Paris, Clark presents a perforated architectural façade which encloses the entire perimeter of the fair booth.

An artist designed door and awning mark the dividing line between the public and private experience of the presentation. Inside these walls Clark presents a suite of sculptural objects based around the functional requirements of a haute couture salon: ‘Tailor’s Mirror’, ‘Fabric Samples’, ‘Design Sketches’, ‘Clothing Rails’, ‘Runway Videos’, ‘Look books’ and ‘Banquettes’.

Throughout the course of the fair, members of the public may book appointments to be fitted for different models from the Collection—functional dresses which will be hand-tailored and delivered to purchasers in the months following the presentation. Clark will personally conduct these couture fittings, each of which is visible to members of the public from the other side of the of the booth walls, via three windows which transform the privacy of the fitting room into a stage.

Appointments for fittings can be booked in advance of the fair. Due to limited supply, pre-orders are encouraged. For further information please email or phone: office@vivii.no / +47 902 79 862.