Fashion designer Peter Jensen to launch Hepworth-inspired collection in Wakefield

By Culture24 Reporter | 26 February 2013
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Art galleries, as Peter Jensen probably knows, are often witness to an intriguing thread or two. Fresh from a catwalk display at the V&A in 2011, the fashion designer has announced plans to launch his new womanswear collection, SS/13, at The Hepworth Wakefield on March 27.

A photo of a female model on a catwalk wearing a brown piece of headgear with a hole
© Peter Jensen
“I’ve always worked with a muse,” he says, discussing the influence Barbara Hepworth has had upon creations including prints of her former garden in St Ives and hats bearing holes indebted to the artist’s tropes.

“I like to look at these women and to try to live within their world for six months – sometimes I wish it could be a longer process, but it can’t be because there are set lines and limitations within this world of ours called fashion.

“I was really interested in looking at Barbara Hepworth’s work. That was the interesting part of her, more so than looking at her as a person.

“We look very much at the organic, feminine shapes of her work. It was very much to do with the holes, of course, in her sculptures. I felt like that was what I wanted to translate into the collection.

“Being able to present the collection that pays tribute to Barbara Hepworth, among her works in the galleries of The Hepworth, is a really special opportunity.”

Curators are hoping fashion fans will find the gallery’s current exhibitions, which include responses by a trio of artists to Hepworth's career, equally compelling.

“Art and fashion have long inspired one another,” says Director Simon Wallis.

“It’s exciting to see Hepworth’s continuing influence with a major designer.

“This is a unique opportunity to see Peter Jensen’s work within the context of the art that has inspired it.

“I look forward to seeing how his ambitious new collection brings a different creative discipline into the context of the gallery among Hepworth’s work.”

  • Peter Jensen will discuss his collection as part of the Wakefield Art Walk on March 27 from 5pm-9pm. Booking required, email hello@hepworthwakefield.org or telephone 01924 247360.

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A photo of a female model on a catwalk wearing a blue hat with a hole in it
© Peter Jensen
A photo of a female model on a catwalk wearing a circular black hat with a hole in it
© Peter Jensen
A photo of a female model on a catwalk wearing a circular black hat with a hole in it
© Peter Jensen
A photo of a female model on a catwalk wearing a circular brown hat with a hole in it
© Peter Jensen
A photo of a female model on a catwalk wearing a circular white hat with a hole in it
© Peter Jensen
A photo of a female model on a catwalk wearing a circular light brown hat with a hole in it
© Peter Jensen
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