Contemporary Art

Fashion Meets Art in NOW! Online

By Sotheby's
The 5th Edition of Sotheby's NOW! Online sale takes place during the opening days of Paris Fashion Week, and we've chosen the acclaimed fashion designer Esteban Cortázar to curate the sale and create an original look. Much of his work draws inspiration from art, and his choices of works for the sale reflect this. Read on to see his creations side by side with works from the sale and the connections between them.

Look 1

Left: El Alto Leather Sweatshirt – Look from Spring Summer 2018
Right: Kota reliquary figure, Gabon. Estimate €6,000–9,000 (Lot 141)

With a father who worked as a painter, Esteban Cortázar was raised in an artistic environment and has always been inspired by art. His source of creation for this wonderful leather sweatshirt was African Art from which he took geometrical forms to create a colourful and graphic impact.

Look 2

Esteban Cortázar has made a series of extraordinary cut-out pieces made in leather that took part of its inspiration from the work of Robert Mapplethorpe. There is of course the common use of leather in their works but also, both artist and fashion designer were influenced by the shapes of the body and that is reflected in the structure and the geometry composing the works. Both works are an exploration of the human body, sexuality and desire.

Left: Black Calf Leather and Corduroy Velvet Cut Out Top – Look from Fall Winter 2016
Right: Robert Mapplethorpe, Jill Chapman And Ken Moody, vintage silver print, printed 1983. Estimate €12,000–18,000 (Lot 27)

Look 3

Esteban Cortázar's signature style has been confidently articulated through slick, sculptural lines tempered by ease, grace and flow. This style is perfectly embodied in this leather top and echoes to François Morellet’s pictorial language of simple geometric forms.

Left: Liquor Brown Leather Elasticated Peplum Top, Designed by Esteban Cortázar
Right: François Morellet, Strip-teasing NO 5. Estimate €30,000–50,000 (Lot 20)

Look 4

This colourful leather sweatshirt makes reference to Esteban Cortazar’s native Colombia whose colour, beauty and potency act as a constant rhythm. Most of his works are connected to the playgrounds of his childhood, and this resonates with Joan Miro’s work, which has been interpreted as a re-creation of the childlike.

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The clothes by Esteban Cortázar shown here are not offered as part of the NOW! auction.
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