Leave it to Saint Laurent to bring the heat in Miami this Art Basel with the second installation of SELF, an ongoing art project curated by creative director Anthony Vaccarello, where his favorite creatives pay homage to the possibilities that are held within the “self” of the Saint Laurent woman.
When considering SELF02 (the first SELF installation was a commission of black-and-white photographs by Daido Moriyama), it was only fitting that Vaccarello tap Italian conceptual artist Vanessa Beecroft to create a project that embodies the allure of an independent and self-expressive woman. Beecroft, who’s most known in the fashion industry as one of Kanye West’s earliest Yeezy collaborators, has long meditated on the female body with her behemoth performance pieces consisting of large groups of women, often standing still, forcing viewers to confront questions of race, gender, and identity.
For her SELF installation, a photo wall in Miami’s Design District that will be on display from December 1st through the 15th, Beecroft summoned an army of women to bring her trademark exploration of the female form against a backdrop of the Parisian skyline at night. In a press release, Saint Laurent states: “Self is formed by a heady mixture of attraction, ambivalence, and mystery.” And, after surveying Beecroft’s liberated pack of models clad in the sheer black stockings and bodysuits from the house’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection, it’s clear that this definition of self has never looked so good.