PRINT September 2010

Jil Sander

IF MODERNISM CAN STILL BE called a period style like, say, Rococo or Victorianism, it is paradoxically inspired by the attempt to avoid all references to the past. For example, minimalism in fashion is concise, logical, practical: reduced to the elementary. But modernity is also a literal will to leave the ground, a will that materialized in New York as it did in the great medieval cathedrals. Think of Frank Gehry in Bilbao, where he created a museum in the highly elastic shape of glittering fish. Or Herzog & de Meuron’s new VitraHaus in Weil am Rhein, Germany, which heaps one traditional house structure on another like a playing giant. Think of Philippe Petit, the tightrope artist, who walked the air between the two towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. In this sense, style also turns on emotions and reminds us of our playful nature. There is always this element of chance in my work,

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