Emerging from London’s art/skateboard scene of the late 1990s, and influenced by the New York street-art and UK post-punk scenes, Tide is a UK- and Ireland-based multi-media artist who, while enjoying a number of styles and mediums, and best known for his pop art creations, is “happy to go from giclee prints to urban-style spray-paint art to acrylic-based portraiture.”
Last year, Tide released FASHIONISTAS, a collection of limited edition prints of sixteen iconic individuals who have made their respective marks on the world of fashion. The kicker? Each depiction is of the head and shoulders (as though posing for a sadly never-to-be-sculpted bust) and rendered in the form of the traditional British postage stamp.
Curated by Jimmie Karlsson—who, with Martin Nihlmar, comprises the Swedish-born and London-based design duo of Jimmie Martin, the Rococo-and-Roll furniture impresarios commissioned to create the “avant-garde chariot-cum-podium-cum-throne” that carried Madonna into Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVI—Fashionistas follows on the heels of Tide’s other Jimmie Karlsson-curated collections, Vogue, Lollipop Stars, The Queens, and The Artists, and is on display at Villa di Geggiano, in Chiswick, London, UK.
The giclee-printed, hand-cut prints are signed and numbered, and have been issued in two sizes: Small (18cm x 27cm) that come float-mounted in a 30cm x 40cm frame (limited edition of sixteen), and Large (69cm x 97cm) that come either rolled or in an 83cm x 109cm frame (limited edition of five). And while only three full sets (featuring all sixteen of the prints) remain, single options abound.
Following are the descriptions provided by Tide (in alphabetical order) of each of his sixteen subjects, that I have Shulmanized, for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!
A stamp dedicated to Iris Apfel, businesswoman, interior designer, style icon, and the epitome of a Fashionista!
A stamp dedicated to David Beckham OBE, sports star, humanitarian, and model.
A stamp dedicated to Isabella Blow, editor, muse of milliner Philip Treacy, and champion of designer Alexander McQueen.
A stamp dedicated to Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, champion of jersey, originator* of the little black dress (LBD), and creator of the iconic maison that bears her name.
A stamp dedicated to Linda Evangelista, the face of the 1990s, and the greatest supermodel of all time.
A stamp dedicated to Lady Gaga, activist, humanitarian, and award-winning star of stage, screen, and music.
A stamp dedicated to Jean Paul Gaultier, fashion’s enfant horrible, creative director of Hermès, and founder of his influential eponymous maison.
A stamp dedicated to Audrey Hepburn, EGOT, style icon, humanitarian, and muse of Hubert de Givenchy.
A stamp dedicated to Grace Jones, androgynous style icon, hula-hooper, star of stage and screen, and muse of Jean-Paul Goude, Issey Miyake, and Thierry Mugler.
A stamp dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld, styliste, photographer, publisher, and the 'Kaiser' and creative director of both Chanel and Fendi, as well as his eponymous label.
A stamp dedicated to Madonna, best-selling solo artist of all time, activist, star of stage and screen, and muse to millions.
A stamp dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, blonde bombshell, sex symbol, pop culture icon, and silver screen legend.
A stamp dedicated to Kate Moss, supermodel and British icon.
A stamp dedicated to Donatella Versace, chief creative officer of her late brother, Gianni Versace’s eponymous maison.**
A stamp dedicated to Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE RBI, businesswoman, punk and new wave style icon, activist, and founder of her eponymous fashion house.
A stamp dedicated to Dame Anna Wintour DBE, fashion arbiter, editor-in-chief of Vogue, and artistic director of Condé Nast.
FASHIONISTAS by Tide
Curated by Jimmie Karlsson | Jimmie Martin (Kensington, London, UK)
On display at Villa di Geggiano (Cheswick, London, UK)
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[Editor’s Notes: * The origins of the little black dress can be traced back to the 1920s designs of both Chanel and Jean Patou // ** Since September 2018, Versace has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capri Holdings, Ltd (previously Michael Kors Holdings, Ltd.)]