A Retrospective: Art of Collaboration
By Sasha Rodriguez
Developing over 17 collaborations in 11 years since Bottega Veneta’s re-launch in 2001 the Art of Collaboration initiative has remained a highly anticipated and sought after collection of compelling images and creativity each season. For one of the first Art of Collaborations, Bottega Veneta Creative Director, Tomas Maier worked with still-life photographer Robin Broadbent to embellish and showcase the materials and craftsmanship that go into the making of each product. The stunning images showcased the famed Bottega intrecciato leather strips deconstructed, and almost suspended in mid-air.
Another Out favorite, is British photographer, Nick Knight’s collaboration with Bottega for their Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection, using the collection’s palette which consisted of colors drawn from the nighttime sky using dusky blues, purples, grays and midnight black. In beautiful Nick Knight fashion, he set out to capture flow and movement in still-life images with a background that evoked the shifting colors of an open sky from dusk to dawn. The figures were placed against the luminous canvas to create an intriguing juxtaposition.
Here are some of our favorite Art of Collaboration videos featuring Nan Goldin, Annie Lebovitz, Sam Taylor-Wood and Steven Miesel.
Nan Goldin, Spring/Summer 2010:
Annie Lebovitz , Fall/Winter 2007/2008: