YOU DON’T UNDERESTIMATE the power of a humble T-shirt. It’s ubiquitous, gender-neutral and oh-so-easy to pull over with an ironic slogan. And Loewe knows this.
While some fashion cats like Kenzo and Puma celebrate fashion irreverence for summer, Loewe is paying homage to a political poet.The Spanish fashion house has released a limited run of T-shirts inspired by the late American creative David Wojnarowicz, a gay man and scene troubadour in the colourful Manhattan’s East Village in the ’70s. Proceeds for these T-shirts will go to Visual AIDS, which supports and elevates the work of H.I.V.-positive artists.
Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson has selected four of Wojnarowicz’s works — created between 1982 and 1990 — as essential prints for high-grade cotton T-shirts. You will see that the thought-provoking imagery — which challenges issues like freedom and justice — is even more relevant today.
Wojnarowicz’s works took on a scathing honesty around the epidemic in the ’80s, after he was diagnosed with AIDS.Known for an incendiary short silent film called A Fire in My Belly, which contains a scene with a crucifix covered in ants, Wojnarowicz also famously dumped the ashes of his partner on the grounds of the White House in protest of President George H.W Bush’s inaction to combat AIDS.
The David Wojnarowicz T-shirt collection is available at Singapore’s Casa Loewe Paragon store, while stocks last.