Tribute to Judy Blame
Producing and working alongside talents like Christopher Nemeth, Mark Lebon and Dave Baby, The House of Beauty and Culture became a kind of blueprint for later collaborations with designers including Rei Kawakubo, Gareth Pugh, Marc Jacobs and Kim Jones. Judy Blame’s styling career was kick-started by his friendship with Ray Petri, the polymath at the head of the close-knit and influential Buffalo collective. The multi-faceted artist cut his teeth creating ground-breaking editorials for i-D and The Face, and was always in demand as a stylist, working to shape the image of artists like Neneh Cherry, Björk, Boy George, Kylie Minogue and Massive Attack. His exhibition Judy Blame: Never Again, held in 2016 at the iconic ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) in London, featured prints, collages and jewelry, demonstrating the deeper aspects of his image-making. His work was more than just startling visually; it had a political message too. Judy — who passed away in February 2018 — was known for his simple and effective mantra: “Make something. Wear it. Cause trouble.”
The collection was born of a dialogue rich in meaning and modernity: the legacies of Dior and Judy Blame affirm, more than ever, the timeless power of savoir-faire.
*The Trust Judy Blame foundation, created by friends and family of the artist, aims to preserve, promote and provide access to his work as an artist, designer and jewelry designer. It contributes to promoting his legacy while supporting young people and students, honoring the generous approach of an inspiring figure who loved sharing his experience and work with emerging talents.
Photo credit - Jackie Nickerson