It would be ironic but not surprising if someone saw these intensely personal designs and felt compelled to commercialize them. Lauren wondered, “What is it about our obsession with owning a garment that has someone else’s history instead of our own?”
The backdrop of the garment workshop is Lauren’s three-dimensional painting of Cary Grant, recognizable by the actor’s posture and the drape of his suit, even with his face cropped out.
“Cary Grant famously said that everyone wants to be Cary Grant; even Cary Grant,” said Lauren. “This is really about the conflicting feelings I have about this kind of persona.”
The painting, which would not look out of place at a Polo Ralph Lauren store, heightens the semblance of a boutique — quite disorienting in a neighborhood comprised of chic stores and art galleries.
“Someone stops by every 15 minutes, either wanting one of the real jackets or thinking the sculptures are real. They want to try them on” but they can’t, Lauren said. They’re meant to be viewed as art.
An opening reception will take place Thursday night, and the installation is at 28 Wooster Street through the end of October.