Fashion’s Ode to Serra

Men clad in Owens

Boys in Owens collection

Impenetrable, unstoppable, black is power- fantastic


 As soon as I saw Rick Owens fashion collections I immediately thought of the work of artist Richard Serra. So today I thought I would share my visual connections between them. There is something menacing in both genres. Is it the use of Serra’s black voids in stark space? Is it his immense steel barriers that trap our sense of scale? Is it Owen’s black solids covering the entire human form? Is it the quantity of black fabric that traps us into a state of claustrophobia? In both cases space, shape, cuts, angles, material, and color are all playing with our perception, our fears and an unease. Kinda scary, right? But the apparent danger is thrilling too. Interacting with Serra’s work an adrenaline rush fills in, a feeling of the unknown. Projecting with Owen’s work we imagine our own ability to embody an over-sized attitude to take the unfamiliar all on.

Richard Serra on a wall

Painting  by Richard Serra- way larger than human size. Of cuts and darts, asymmetrical


thresholds to oblivion, we are vessels of nothingness

Richard Serra black space

the architecture of space- Richard Serra

…unending corridors, dead end spaces (above)

Blocks that provide redemption (Drawing by Serra below)


The body can extend into many shapes, a suit of armor, we ‘do’ offensively…

Rick Owens female class

Torques, contortions and an intentional falling line


Enclosing circuitous space with Serra (Core-ten steel above) and opening a round space of the body with Rick Owen’s women’s collection. (below)

Cuts that cover

Rick Owens for women

Locked in or out (Serra below)


The allure of geometry interrupting space, corner gives way, its a black descent.

Richard Serra moves into the corner

 Disappearing, a human goes underground, to renew, and bring back a blank slate …

A chalked human-Rick Owens

Obsolete textile- Rick Owens

Perceiving rectangular voids, black vertical openings and structuring space- Richard Serra

  Perceiving space - Richard Serra

Wearing a ‘Serra space’ (below), Owen’s vertical solids

 Symmetry is more with Rick Owens

Transformative, loose, strong and flexible…

 Rick Owens head to toe

Rick Owen’s solid black 2014

 Love the materials, love the surge of energy, love the dark encounters…