Paul Smith
‘Progress’ Collaboration

Marking 20 years of Hingston Studio, a product collaboration and exhibition with Paul Smith explored our music archive, to create a collection of limited edition, ready-to-wear pieces…

Working closely with the Paul Smith design team and three of the studio’s long-time collaborators, the collection features pieces for Nick Cave, Chemical Brothers and Massive Attack. A midnight blue velour bomber features iconography from Lovely Creatures, whilst the Chemical Brothers’ acid bright mohair is adorned with the graphics from Born In The Echoes. Referencing early punk culture, Tom and Robert del Naja customised three vintage biker jackets with a glitter based moniker taken from the Heligoland album.

Taking up residence in the Albermarle Street flagship store for a three week period, the accompanying ‘Progress’ exhibition showcased some of the Studio’s most iconic sleeves, reimagined as 3D lenticular covers. From the outset, it was important that the original artworks should be displayed through a diverse range of media; print, clothing, lenticular and of course the physical objects themselves. Inviting people to experience well-known imagery in an unfamiliar way, all of these pieces combined new technologies with more traditional processes.

Part physical, part digital the works highlight our changing interaction with music-based imagery over the Studio’s 20 years – what we once held in our hands as a tactile object is now more often experienced through tablet and phone screens.

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