The DesteFashionCollection is a novel approach to evaluating and interpreting fashion conceived by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art.
Each year the Foundation commissions artists to select five articles of clothing or accessories created that year. Inspired by their selections, the artists/curators create an original work—the goal is to draw parallels between the actual objects and the artist/curator’s interpretations, which will lead the viewer to a deeper understanding of how fashion can be perceived by the experienced eye.

2012 edition by Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina has curated an haute couture “capsule” for the DesteFashionCollection 2012, selecting works by young, avant-garde designers who boldly challenge the boundaries of fashion as wearable sculpture.
The curated pieces feature in both her film and projection installation, THE CAPSULE, re-agitating the ongoing, essential dialogue between cinema, fashion, and the fine arts.

fashion designers : Sandra Backlund, Bordelle, Ying Gao, Cat Potter, Isabelle Vigier, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, Athina Rachel Tsangari & Vassilia Rozana

A distinguished international all-female cast of seven also is participating, including Ariane Labed, winner of the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress at the 2010 Venice Film Festival for Tsangari’s “Attenberg”, Clémence Poésy, known for her roles in the “Harry Potter” series and Danny Boyle’s “127 hours”, and Isolda Dychauk, the lead in Sokurov’s “Faust”.

Window installation at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue, June 5 — July 8, 2012

Special work-in-progress screening at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany, 2012

65th Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland, 2012

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Canada, 2012

London Film Festival, UK, 2012

Sundance Film Festiva, USA, 2013

Haos Film & The DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art 2012

photographs © Despina Spyrou