ARTINFO]Call it a case of disappearing designers. For the March 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Chinese artist Liu Bolin worked his magic on the creative directors of four different fashion labels — Missoni, Lanvin, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Valentino — for an editorial called “Lost in Fashion.” The artist blended Angela Missoni into her brand’s trademark colorful zigzags. Then, Liu hid Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz in front of a mix of racks of samples and Lanvin mannequins at his studio. For Jean Paul Gaultier, he integrated the designer into a sea of his sailor shirts scattered against a backdrop of blue and white stripes. For the final image, Liu fused Valentino’s Maria Grazia and Pierpaolo Piccioli into a display of nine red Valentino gowns on dress forms.
Liu, also known as the “invisible man,” began his urban camouflage works as a form of protest when he painted himself against an artists village destroyed by the Chinese government in 2005. Since then, he has become known for seamlessly blending himself into a variety of settings, among them Chinese supermarket shelves, the Wall Street charging bull, and Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium. He is, poetically, one of the most searched artists on the Internet. On March 20, New York's Eli Klein Fine Art will present an exhibition of his works.
Images: Screen shots from video.