Friday, August 28, 2009
E.S. in the WSJ: Recycle LACMA and Vintage Fashion
"We were asked to give our thoughts about Recycle LACMA, a project by a Los Angeles artist to deconstruct vintage clothing sold off by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. We first discussed our ethical objections to the project in July.
Here’s what we had to say now to the WSJ:
Some vintage clothing collectors liken “Recycle Lacma” to vandalism. M.J. Prest, editor in chief of “Ethical Style,” a Web site about recycling and design, says she finds it offensive. “I see it as ruining something that had its own integrity,” she says. “You sort of believe when somebody gives something to a museum, they’re doing it so it would be preserved.”
Our chief complaint is that the art project takes museum-quality vintage and turns it into — pardon the expression — a bunch of useless crap.
The John Anthony fur coat pictured above was nearly 40 years old and in pristine condition before it was made into a Halloween costume sized for an infant. That’s a coat that was built to last decades, and now it’s something that can be worn once (how many growing kids wear the same costume two years in a row?).
So while we respect the artistic process, we argue that what this is cannot be called recycling.
What do you think? Vintage vandalism or is all fair in love and art?
Check out the Ethical Style blog - for comments
(Topic has be re-posted here with permission of M.J. from Ethical Style)