For spring summer 2023, Études invited French visual artist Jean-Baptiste Bernadet to experiment with the garment as a medium.
Driven by the sensory quality of the surface and a romantic ethos, the Brussels-based colorist creates atmospheric artworks that seamlessly blend elements of the natural world with human perception and the psyche. Through an abstraction of the landscape and a unique approach to color, Bernadet’s paintings evoke a diffuse impression where the overlay of matter induces the dissolution of hues.
From Painting to Capsule
With the periphery as its key seasonal theme, Études N°21 collection focuses on this particular urban area: a meeting space where the industrial zone borders a natural environment reclaiming its rights. In the continuity of this idea, we find two of Bernadet’s paintings, UNTITLED (Vetiver XXII) 2015 and SANS TITRE (Les Parfums Lourds) 2017, interpreted as all-over prints for this capsule.
One seems to echo the luminous rainbow shades of gasoline slicks or stratospheric clouds, while the other appears to conjure up dark oxidized metal or magma awakening under volcanic soil. Between scientific image and impressionism, these two abstractions invite the imagination to roam free between what we see and what we believe.
Composed of eight cotton pieces, this tailoring-inspired wardrobe presents a loose-fitting utility jacket and a blazer with raw edge patches, straight and oversized shirts, as well as cargo pants and shorts. This urban-flair capsule creates a sense of chromatic hypnosis as if retinal persistence became wearable psychedelic landscapes.
My painting already contains some textile, tie and dye, woven element in itself: the absence of composition in the classical sense (neither top nor bottom, neither right nor left, center and periphery equivalent), and its expansional ambition rather than being constrained and limited to the edges of the canvas makes it a perfect motif for fabric printing and clothes making. I’m thrilled to see these colors come out of the painting and become more a part of the world and the city in a concrete and slightly more democratic way.Jean-Baptiste Bernadet
To celebrate the release of the Études X Jean-Baptiste Bernadet capsule and during Paris Fashion Week, Études is pleased to host a launching event on Thursday, March 02, in the artist’s presence.
On this occasion, a special knit piece will be presented, inspired by Bernadet’s own work wardrobe and customized by the studio. This unique creation will be made to order in a limited edition of five pieces and will exclusively be available at Études’ flagship store in Paris.