Wednesday, September 1, 2010

keds for opening ceremony

The next round of Keds for Opening Ceremony sneakers see the resurrection of the Keds Camp Oxford with some added French “je-ne-sais-quoi.” Designed by artist Richard Saja, the oxfords feature recontextualized French toile prints embellished with clever, playful twists on monochromatic pastoral scenes.
Anyone familiar with “Toile de Jouy” — a print that originated in 1700s France — would most likely associate it with the sweet, girly Marie Antoinette-style decor of grandma’s dining room, but Richard’s reinterpretations subvert the expected daintiness by inserting figures reminiscent of the artist’s childhood doodles: superheroes, monsters, clowns, and mutants. The end result recalls something else along the lines of fabric graffiti, or comic strip tapestry. 

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