All Mapped Out

by United Blogs of Benetton on: May 31st, 2010

I’ve had an obsession lately with any sort of garments printed with maps. It started with my Acne limited edition scarf printed with an old map of Stockholm (the label is Swedish…) which never ceases to get compliments because of the unique nature of the print… and should I ever be in Stockholm, I can proudly name the different islands if I wish!

Then I’ve been trying to hunt down this Balenciaga scarf which is printed with the map of Tbilisi… I admit – I had to look that up on Google to know that is the capital of Georgia… SHAME on me!

Looking further to garments printed with maps and it becomes a trickier territory. Instead though artists have fused the physical object of actual real maps with garment shapes which means none of these pieces are fully wearable but at least they do fulfil my crush on map garments…

The award winning recycling artist Jennifer Collier from the UK has been using maps as part of her commissioned work for years… using ones that depict London especially to make anything from gloves to little babies shoes…



Upgraded a scale, the French-born, London-based artist Elisabeth Lecourt’s play with maps have seen her dresses, based on a little girl puff-sleeve shape style with pleats, exhibited all over the world. They also quite literally depict “all over the world” too as Lecourt uses a variety of maps that are global or more local in scale…



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