November 5, 2006

the author as alive and well




so much for Barthes' idea that the author is dead (in favour of the audience).

but then, what does it mean when a designer does a collection for another company in addition to his or her eponymous line? what is compromised and what is gained?

is this the future of financing for young, avant-garde designers? when will a club monaco or top shop designer take over the realms of gucci for a capsule collection? is the star designer only possible at the top end (to start)?

top to bottom: Viktor & Rolf for H&M, Proenza for Target, Roland for Gap

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