ALEXANDER WANGインスタレーション@ ドーバー銀座！
There were a couple of big names in Tokyo last week, including Cynthia Rowley, Kitsune and Alexander Wang. The NYC designer was here to fete a pop-up shop in Isetan and then popped over to Dover Street Market in Ginza to christen the start of an installation in his corner of the shop. he was there to meet a few lucky fans and I was invited over to see it and say hi. I had met him when he was here last time, over 3 years ago when Opening Ceremony opened in Shibuya.
This time he was far more calm and reserved, but still smiley of course. It was funny how a line formed in front of his corner because according to my friend at Comme des Garcons his appearance wasn’t advertised at all. Twitter, maybe?! How many people are just chillaxin over in Ginza these days?
Anyway, they all got really lucky because he was taking photos with everyone and being really friendly. The installation itself was created by him and his visual merchandiser who is a genius and super super cool to boot. I caught her at Trump House that night for the Isetan after-party and although I was headed home she was headed to Casba to continue the party.
The art is made of three mannequins covered in black air, which most Americans will think looks like cousin It from Addams Family…of course, this being Japan the black hair thing is actually a signature of Japanese female ghosts, like Sadako in “Ring”. FREAKYASSSHITMANLIKEWHOAH. And the sadako triplets are in their black bikinis (probably) cuz they are headed to the black pool with their scary black pool toys which look like they are meant to drown swimmers rather than rescue them from blackness.
And you know what’s freakier? They are FOR SALE. Yes, you can own a black Alexander Wang pool shark for about 4,000 yen. I remember falling off one of those rings in the pool and thinking I was going to drown once…
It’s still on for viewing at DSM, so check it out of you’re a Wang fan and totally masochistic. I give it grade “E” for EFFECTIVE.