Bob Talbot for Adam Kimmel’s spring 2011 collection: “Dressed for Dinner.”
Last year magician David Blaine chartered a boat off the coast of Guadalupe Island with men’s wear designer Adam Kimmel and marine photographer–filmmaker Bob Talbot. The purpose: for Blaine to swim with great white sharks while dressed in Kimmel’s clothes. The three-minute nail-biter, which premiered last November before an illustrious few at the designer’s TriBeCa loft, is just the latest cinematographic project for Kimmel; he has also commissioned Warhol Factory filmmaker Gerard Malanga, artist Meredith Danluck, and director Ari Marcopoulos (see “No Way Back”) to create digital shorts. In this one, shot entirely underwater, Blaine touches a passing fin, eats a banana, and feigns exhaling cigar smoke by blowing milk out of his mouth. The trickiest part? Remaining buoyant in a tuxedo and cape. “You don’t want to go sinking into the abyss,” says Blaine.