Atalier E.B – Serpentine’s Sackler Gallery

The ultimate art-retail experience is currently on offer in Serpentine’s Sackler Gallery courtesy of Atelier E.B, the collaborative enterprise of artist Lucy McKenzie and designer Beca Lipscombe. For the deeper of pocket the atelier’s latest collection of artisan-made, artist-designed togs—which goes under the title Jasperwear and fuses Neo-Classical, Amazonian and Scythian themes—can be ordered from an elegant bespoke showroom. As well as being artfully arranged in a chic display and a facsimile shop window, these multi-referential (and eminently wearable) garments are also set within a wider environment devoted to the history of display in consumer culture, ranging from historic sculptures, archive photographs and classic mannequins made by the designer Adel Rootstein (including one of the singer and actress Elaine Paige). There are also a number of striking artistic collaborations—look out for a tapestry of Marc Camille Chaimowicz made by Elizabeth Radcliffe, Lipscombe’s mother. For those on a more limited budget there’s also a diffusion range available in the gallery shop for the entire run of the show.

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