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View of “Anna-Sophie Berger,” 2014. Left: Hardax, 2014. Right: hard (blue), 2014.

Anna-Sophie Berger


View of “Anna-Sophie Berger,” 2014. Left: Hardax, 2014. Right: hard (blue), 2014.

Ruins can be preserved, or they can offer debris from which to build. It is with such wreckage that Vienna-based artist and fashion designer Anna-Sophie Berger creates work: Her practice is not fashion or art but a bricolage built upon collisions of the two—a product of a time when these industries seek to establish market-driven “synergy” but remain discrete. Bringing fashion and art together may be problematic, but Berger’s vision is guided by unique optimism: She is less interested in critique than in infiltration, in finding ways in which to invade and occupy her two adopted disciplines, creating objects that are neither one nor the other.

Berger studied fashion design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and her New York solo debut featured works derived from FASHION IS FAST, a collection she produced for her thesis project there. Of the many accessories included

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