A lot of the culture that Bianca Chandôn pulls from is inspired by the 70s — and your work has a very retro feel to it as well, not to mention the fact that you’ve been putting out art since then — so it seems like you guys have a similar vision. Were you given free reigns on direction and creativity?
By definition, my work in the 70s was contemporary. The 70s were a time of revolution and resistance: the anti-Vietnam war movement, the civil rights movement, the feminist movement, the gay rights movement. These are ongoing and timeless — as relevant today as they were then. Alex understands their importance and he understands that style can reflect social movements. So our visions are aligned. The collaboration was a 50/50 exercise. We both wanted the clothes to be bold and beautiful and have something to say.
A portion of the proceeds from this capsule collection will be donated to Visual Aids- can you tell us about this idea and why it was so important to you and founder Alex Olson?
Visual Aids is an organization that supports artists who deal with HIV in their personal lives and combat AIDS in their work. We feel strongly that we can and must use our talent and resources to address social issues and make the world more informed and thereby, more tolerant. Art has this power.
You've said that your work “has always been about accepting who we are and shedding sexual shame.” Why is it important that we continue to create images that reinforce this acceptance of self?
The sickness of our society is a reflection of the sickness buried within ourselves. You can’t have a healthy culture when sex is twisted and deformed. So it’s critical that we come to an appreciation of sex as a divine energy. My work is intended to appreciate the goodness of ourselves as sexual beings, living in love and light.