Behind the set: JW Anderson installs Liz Magor artwork for S/S 2020 show

Watch as the Canadian artist’s ephemera-exploring Pet Co., stacks up inside Anderson’s bleacher-lined Bloomsbury show space

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Jonathan Anderson is a passionate collector, and often uses his runway show venues to showcase the work of an artist or designer that has inspired him. ‘It was about looking and questioning’ he explained backstage of the meaning behind his S/S 2020 collection, which invited the audience to analyse ways we interpret embellishment and form, like jewellery worn as armour and adornment, or footwear that barely covers the toe. Canadian visual artist Liz Magor questions the role of discarded objects in her 2018 artwork Pet Co.

It was first exhibited at the ‘Liz Magor: Blowout’ show, at the Carpenter Centre in Harvard. The installation features kitsch childhood ephemera, like the snipped feet or deflated bodies of soft colourful toys, wrapped up in the polyester film casings used in museum’s to store and protect artefacts. ‘It’s about taking things we no longer want and repositioning them into something new,’ Anderson added of the artwork and the impetus behind his spring show. §

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