Charles LeDray wins H+F Fashion Award

Charles LeDray, MENS SUITS, 2009. Commissioned by Artangel, photo Julian Abrams
Charles LeDray, MENS SUITS, 2009. Commissioned by Artangel, photo Julian Abrams

H+ F Fashion Award 2009
Charles LeDray: MENS SUITS

21 November 2009 - 10 January 2010

This year the H+F Fashion Award goes to the American artist Charles LeDray (Seattle, 1960). The prize includes the presentation of LeDray's existing project MENS SUITS in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam until 10 January 2010. The H+ F Fashion on the Edge Foundation awards the biennial prize for exceptional work by a designer or artist working at the cutting edge of fashion and art.

Charles LeDray is an artist working mainly with textiles and ceramics. He meticulously stitches and sews, throws and glazes all his work by hand, working alone in a small studio in New York. The project MENS SUITS is based on clothing. Large amounts of men's clothing - suits, shirts, ties, gloves - all different, all hand-made and intimately detailed, and mostly appearing second hand. Arranged into three individual tableaux, they work together as collective entities rather than as individual items. All these items of clothing carry a feeling of having being used. They have had a life, dressing somebody, and bear a sense of fatigue. Now they are waiting to be used again. All LeDray's work is like something we have seen or worn, but on a different scale. Much smaller than life-size, they have a quiet, arresting presence.

H+F Fashion on the Edge
Author and art collector Han Nefkens’s H+F Fashion on the Edge programme is building up a collection of installations and works that explore the relationship between art and fashion. H+ F Fashion on the Edge has been participating in the development of installations by Viktor & Rolf and Hussein Chalayan for their Paris shows since 2005. The first H+F Award went to Christophe Coppens in 2007 and resulted in the installation titled No References, now on show in The Art of Fashion exhibition. In 2009 the foundation commissioned Viktor & Rolf, Walter Van Beirendonck, Anna Nicole Ziesche, Naomi Filmer and Hussein Chalayan to make a special work for this exhibition, which runs in the museum until 10 January 2010.

MENS SUITS is an Artangel commission and has been in the making for the past three years. The project was launched in London in 2009 and is supported by Arts Council England, Artangel International Circle, Special Angels and The Company of Angels.