Contemporary Art

Contemporary Curated with Guest Curator Roksanda Ilincic

By Sotheby's
Since the inception of her eponymous women’s fashion label in 2005, Roksanda’s name has become synonymous with daring colour combinations, contrasting textures and Roksanda’s name has become synonymous with daring colour combinations, contrasting textures and empowering yet wearable designs. Her award-winning London-based design house ROKSANDA has elevated her to the forefront of the fashion world, the influence of which extends across the globe.
Roksanda Ilincic Sothebys by Chris Floyd
Roksanda Ilincic. IMAGE CREDIT: CHRIS FLOYD/SOTHEBY’S

Now, Sotheby’s London galleries will embrace the flawless style of the Serbian-born designer, who, as ‘Guest Curator’, has hand-picked a selection of Contemporary artworks – bringing to light a lesserknown aspect of the distinct creative vision which has been turning heads on the fashion circuit for over a decade.

Imi Knoebel, LONDON 3
Imi Knoebel, London 3 , 2003. Estimate £8,000-12,000.

Roksanda initially pursued her love of Contemporary art at the University of Belgrade, where she studied Architecture and Applied Arts before embarking upon a course in Womenswear at Central Saint Martins. Her subsequent collections have drawn upon the aesthetics of artists including Helen Frankenthaler, Le Corbusier, and Ellsworth Kelly, and have seen collaborations with the likes of Eva Rothschild, Ella Kruglyanskaya and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, as well as with Marina Abramović, with whom she shares a close relationship. Roksanda explains:

“I definitely approach designing as art and I approach texture, contrast and particularly colour – sculpting the sleeves and things like that – as an artistic practice. In reviews, people have noted the influence of art in my work and its impact in the image and creation of my brand. That’s a huge compliment for me.”

Roksanda’s selection reflects the principles that underpin her own designs; her ‘female-centric’ fashion philosophy is represented by artists such as Amy Sillman, who is currently enjoying her first institutional exhibition in the UK, colour led works from Imi Knoebel, and pieces from Aleksandra Domanovic and Anthony Caro speak to the contrasting textures she favours throughout her designs.

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