SAIC Fashion Design Department Chair Nick Cave’s World-Famous Soundsuits Featured in Vogue
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is proud to announce that Fashion Design Department Chair Nick Cave’s world-famous Soundsuits are featured in an eight-page spread in the September issue of Vogue. Shot by fashion photographer Raymond Meier, the photos feature Cave wearing his Soundsuits while highlighting bags and footwear from designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Dior.
In conjunction with the Vogue spread, Nick Cave recently launched a Soundsuit virtual store at soundsuitshop.com. The online Soundsuit store offers for sale everything from limited edition prints of Nick Cave Soundsuits to books, 3D cards, gift wrap, ironed-to-order T-shirts, magnets, and viewfinders.
About Nick Cave
Nick Cave is an interdisciplinary artist working between sculpture, installation, performance, video, designed objects, and fashion. His signature Soundsuits explore the use of textiles and clothing as conceptual modes of expression, posing fundamental questions about the human condition in the social and political realm. The New York Times described Cave’s Soundsuits as “Must Be Seen to Be Believed.” Varying in size, shape, and material—yarn, beads, sequins, sweaters, bottle caps, vintage toys, twigs, leaves, hair, etc.—the Soundsuits are vessels of transformation, seeking to connect people to the Earth and everything around them. Cave is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, and his work has been shown nationally and internationally. He has exhibited at Studio la Città in Verona, Italy (2010); Fowler Museum at UCLA in Los Angeles (2010); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (2009); and the Chicago Cultural Center (2006), among others.
Fall News from SAIC’s Fashion Design Department
SAIC’s renowned Fashion Resource Center presents the second annual Behind the Seams lecture series in conjunction with a new fashion workshop series, Making. These series bring internationally renowned artists and designers to Chicago for intimate conversations and unique, hands-on educational experiences. For more information, please visit www.saic.edu/frc.
Behind the Seams: Fashion Resource Center Lecture Series
All lectures are in SAIC’s Fashion Resource Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave., room 735. Tickets are 35 USD; ticket information at 312.629.6731.
Homer D. Layne
Thursday, October 28, 6:00 p.m.
A former design assistant to the American couture designer Charles James, Layne is now the President of Charles James Limited Editions, Inc. He will be in conversation with costume historian Sandra Adams on James.
Thursday, November 18, 6:00 p.m.
Curator, author, and public speaker, Kohle Yohannon will be discussing fashionable photography. He is the author of The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion and Valentina: American Couture and the Cult of Celebrity.
Making: Fashion Resource Center Hands-On Workshops
All workshops are in SAIC’s Fashion Resource Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave., 7th floor
Tickets are 75 USD; ticket information at 312.629.6731.
Saturday, September 18, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Beata Kania is an artist and educator and the title of her workshop is Luscious Embroidery.
Saturday, December 4, 9:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Candace Kling is the author of The Artful Ribbon and an educator on the topic of ribbon art and fabric manipulation, which will be the focus of her workshop.
About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from across the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit www.saic.edu.