The capsule collection honors Wojnarowicz’s pioneering career as a multihyphenate exploring the arts in fiction, poetry, memoirs, painting, photography, installation, sculpture, film and performance. Furthermore, the capsule raises funds for Visual AIDS, an organization that uses art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving the legacy of a movement.
Wojnarowicz’s work often addressed what he felt society repressed: poverty, abuse of power, blind nationalism, greed, homophobia, and the devastation of the AIDS epidemic. He died of AIDS in 1992. Now, Jonathan Anderson honors the artist in his eponymous label’s capsule collection.
“I’ve always been very inspired by his work. It could be very dark but I think there was still some optimism there. He had a political voice but not just for the sake of it. It was about creativity coming through a political voice,” said Anderson of Wojnarowicz after the designer’s FW20 show.
The main graphic throughout the collection is an interpretation of the original artwork Untitled (Burning House), 1982, by David Wojnarowicz. It appears on everything from a felted intarsia unisex jumper to T-shirts and the label’s signature felt tote bag.
Take a look at some of the pieces from the David Wojnarowicz x JW Anderson capsule in the gallery above, and shop everything on the JW Anderson website now.
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