Centerpiece to London designer Matthew Miller’s FW16 collection was a series of hand-painted coats adorned with the work of Renaissance artist Caravaggio. In a genius feat of cultural vandalism, the designer took some photos of Caravaggio’s St. Jerome as it hung in London’s National Gallery, then commissioned an artist to replicate the photos on oil and canvas — neatly avoiding any copyright infringement because the works were based on photos, not the original itself.
The oil-painted canvas was then torn up and turned into unique garments, which are now for sale over at Miller’s webstore. While Givenchy has been digitally printing Renaissance artwork onto its clothing for years now, Miller’s garments took the aesthetic to a whole new level thanks to their innovative cultural sampling.
Unsurprisingly, this sort of collector’s piece isn’t cheap — the hand-painted coat costs £10,000 ($13,346 by today’s conversion rates). There is a digitally-printed version available for a more modest £1,080 ($1,441), though, alongside a vest and two tees — “Goliath” and “Skull.”
If all that cultural appropriation is a bit high-brow for your tastes, then Miller’s FW16 collection is jam-packed with contemporary menswear bangers — from powder grey shearlings to sporty trousers cut from raw velvet.
For an in-depth look at Miller’s work, stay tuned for an interview with the outspoken designer in the next issue of Highsnobiety‘s very-own print magazine.