Jean-Charles de Castelbajac was born with the gift of creative flair. In his youth, he attended the famous art school, ‘Ecole des Beaux-Arts’ and then continued on to ‘Ecole Supérieure des Industries du Vêtement’. His passion for both art and fashion continued to grow during this period and the skill to nurture both elements equally grew into a remarkable talent. During the ’70s Jean-Charles forged memorable friendships which deeply impacted his career, Malcolm McLaren, the Sex Pistols and Andy Warhol amongst others. Creating his own brand in 1978 he reached the top ranks in the fashion design industry and was invited by major international fashion schools to show and to educate young talent. Notable exhibitions were held in New York and London and in 1982 his fashion parade of dresses painted by Jean-Charles Blais, Combas, Hervé Di Rosa, Ben, Annette Messager, and Keith Haring caused quite a stir on the catwalk but the Yvon Lambert Gallery firmly supported this revolutionary approach of breaking boundaries between contemporary living art. In 1997 Jean-Charles was asked by the Vatican to design an official cape to be worn by the Pope. The multicolored cross displayed on the Pope’s ‘chasuble’ was worn by Pope John Paul on World Youth Day. His work was loved by different Hollywood artists like Lady Gaga and Kanye West. In 1999 his first concept store was opened in Paris and de Castelbajac the stylist, designer, illustrator, and writer continues to create colorful art as an antidote against norms.
From white flags for peace to the black flag of pirates, and the rainbow flag for pride, in the folds of the flag there is an almost magical power. From the legendary and conquering flags of history books to the Stars and Stripes planted on the moon, they move with the command of icons and trophies. One of the oldest forms of media in the world, the flag now occupies a renewed place in public space. This is increasingly true in virtual public and online social networks. As a new media, it invites us to raise our heads to the sky. The flags of artists have become vectors of communication.
PRODUCT NAME: French Kiss, 2017
ARTIST NAME: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac
PRODUCT TYPE: Flag
SIZE: 5’ x 3’ / 153 cm x 92cm
FABRIC: 100 % recycled triple thread polyester knit
EDITION: 100 ex per flag
RETAIL PRICE: $350 per flag
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