In recent years, the London non-profit gallery Studio Voltaire has pioneered some wonderfully forward-thinking art, design and fashion hook-ups for their pop-up shop House of Voltaire—from tea towels by Peter Saville and T-shirts by Linder to portfolios by Pablo Bronstein and Ryan McGinley—which raises funds for the gallery and its education program. For the third iteration, it’s upped the ante with a partnership with Chloé, including a special collaboration initiated by Chloé’s art-loving creative director Clare Waight Keller, with three leading women artists.
Renowned for her unsettling depictions of celebrities and modern-day princesses, Karen Kilimnik has collaborated with Chloé on a series of sugar sweet broiderie anglaise shorts and matching tops edged in baby blue and pink. Jenny Saville’s scarf embroidered in peaches, pinks and reds meanwhile, replicates a paint-smeared cloth from her studio. For fashion aficionados, the stand out must be the gowns from the Chloé archive to which the Chinese artist Cao Fei has added labels telling imagined stories about the women who would wear them. (A long, floaty aqua dress with jewelled shoulder straps will be sold in an edition of 10 on net-a-porter.com along with the other Chloé collaboration pieces.)
But that’s not all. House of Voltaire will also feature limited-edition prints, unique artworks, homeware, clothing and accessories by a fresh cast of artists. Fancy a collage by Yinka Shonibore? Or a rude bumper sticker from Jordan Wolfson? Or a cozy blanket by Helen Marten? This is one-stop shopping at its best.