Wearable Art: My Collaboration with Jil Sander Debuts

August 11th, 2015 | 8 Comments

Jil Sander Menswear Collaboration with Grant Wiggins for Fall/Winter 2015
Milan fashion house Jil Sander has unveiled its Fall/Winter 2015 menswear collection, which features motifs from my minimalist paintings, such as Ocxiom 2, shown at right.

Eye-catching contrasts, monochromatic motion, angles and stripes: My minimal paintings’ motifs have made the transition from wall art to wearable art. Global fashion house Jil Sander has just unveiled its Fall/Winter 2015 collection for men, a major event that marks my artwork’s debut in designer fashion.

In January, after my trip to Milan Men’s Fashion Week, I announced that graphic inspirations from my minimal paintings would have a bold presence in Jil Sander’s looks for fall. This week the initial results of our creative partnership are arriving in the world’s finest stores, including store.jilsander.com.

My Ocxiom series of paintings takes to the streets in a crewneck wool-and-silk pullover. While the sweater is a vertical composition and my painting is square, the sweater employs a greater number of slanted stripes, matching the painting’s all-over composition. The design continues along the sweater’s sleeves, achieving an eye-catching contrast.

Jil Sander Menswear Collaboration with Grant Wiggins for Fall/Winter 2015
Featuring the motif of my Ocxiom series, this Jil Sander pullover is an 80% wool and 20% silk blend. Details at store.jilsander.com.

I’m inspired to see how my work has been reimagined by the Jil Sander design team, led by creative director Rodolfo Paglialunga. Throughout the transition from painted canvas to artistic attire, my creative partners have stayed true to the spirit of my work.

In another design, my Motus series of hard-edge paintingsmotus is Latin for “motion” — brings energy and fluidity to a merino wool pullover, which features intarsia interplay in navy, gold, and black.

Jil Sander Menswear Collaboration with Grant Wiggins for Fall/Winter 2015
Jil Sander Menswear Collaboration with Grant Wiggins for Fall/Winter 2015
Featuring the motif of my Motus series of paintings, top right, this Jil Sander sweater is 100% virgin wool. Details at store.jilsander.com

I have long believed that my paintings could have a “parallel life” in fashion. It is an honor that Jil Sander — such an esteemed and innovative fashion house — is making that imagined life a reality. The next few weeks should prove tremendously exciting!

Grant Wiggins

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8 Responses to “Wearable Art: My Collaboration with Jil Sander Debuts”

  1. George says:

    Fashion forward for fall! Congrats, Grant, on a bold & beautiful collaboration. I can’t wait to see these looks…everywhere! I’m waiting for Bill Cunningham’s NYT “On the Street”…that will ROCK!

  2. George M! says:

    As a huge fan of Ploof Inactivewear, I’m looking forward to donning my next art-shirt.

  3. Meredith says:

    Congratulations, Grant! Kudos to Jil Sander’s designers for thinking about art in this manner and seeking you out! When does the women’s line start? 🙂 You could definitely give Lilly Pulitzer a run for their money with some of your other Confluent pieces or others like “A New Way of Looking at Everything.” Across the bottom third of a skirt, or up the curvaceous sides of an hourglass shift. Love your work, my friend. Hello to Ms. Olivia!

    • Hey, Meredith! Awesome to hear from you. Thanks for your kind comment. I definitely give Jil Sander’s design team credit for appreciating my work and seeing possibilities for it beyond acrylic on canvas. Regarding women’s pieces, in fact a couple of pieces that relate to the “Ocxiom” series are just now coming online. I’ll be posting about that really soon. But I agree with you that pieces like ‘Confluent’ also have potential in fashion, and I’d love to explore that one day. Thanks for your enthusiasm, Meredith! Please send my best to Giles!

  4. michele coletti says:

    Grant, those are fantastic. LOVE them! Congrats.

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