Philip and Charlotte Colbert are a creative couple whose work collectively spans areas from photography to music and fashion. Philip was dubbed “the Godson of Andy Warhol” by Andre Leon Talley. Inspired by Pop Art, his label The Rodnik Band is presented as a pop band rather than a traditional fashion label. The collection is a unique amalgamation of music, art and fashion which combines three closely associated genres to create a unique fashion concept. His adventure in fashion began by setting up the Rodnik label selling Russian scarves (the name comes from a shop founded in 1904 in Moscow), and he has gone on to render some of the world’s most recognisable artworks - from Dali lobsters to Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ - as sequin-encrusted dresses.
Charlotte Colbert is a screenwriter and photographer, dubbed by Vogue as “A truly original visual storyteller.” Also working within a framework of Modern Art, her work has been likened to Surrealists Salvador Dali and Andre Breton. Drawing from her experience as a screenwriter, her photographic work is strongly anchored within the language of film and storytelling. She has exhibited globally from Hong Kong to Istanbul and she has a longstanding relationship with the Gazelli Art House in Mayfair.
Charlotte and Philip will be in conversation with the museum’s fashion director Amber Butchart, discussing the collision of art history and pop culture in fashion and what it’s like being half of a creative, collaborative couple.
The evening will kick off with a presentation on the links between Pop Art and Fashion by Geraldine Wharry. Geraldine is the creative director of Trend Atelier, a London-based inspiration studio specialising in future trend research and analysis. She works closely with fashion labels to develop brand identity and creative strategies from research gathered from patterns identified in fashion, artisanship, materials, colours, socio-economics, sustainability, science and technology. Geraldine started Trend Atelier in 2011 after working as a trend forecaster and fashion designer in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles since 1999. She has clients such as WGSN, 7 For All Mankind, Bath & Body works, Nivea and Samsung.