Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Paul Pope: Clothing designer, world builder

The Wall Street Journal interviews Paul Pope.
Recently, Mr. Pope has set his sights on another creative arena: fashion. Last year, Diesel, an Italian fashion company, hired him to design silk-screens and window displays for its Los Angeles store. Also last year, Mr. Pope took on his biggest fashion project: DKNY, the New York fashion company started by Donna Karan, tapped him to design his own line for the DKNY Jeans brand, bringing his dark graphic work to pants, hoodies and T-shirts.

Mr. Pope has been in demand by a wide range of companies. Industrial Light and Magic flew him to San Francisco to teach its staff the finer points of creating fictional worlds. The popular vinyl toy maker Kidrobot tapped Mr. Pope to create a line for the company. He also served as a consultant for the animated film adaptation of Michael Chabon's Pulitzer-winning novel "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay."

The Journal even offers up a downloadable Pope self-portrait as wallpaper too. So does Pope pimp-out his laptop with his own image in the background? Nah, my guess is that he's got something from Blutch or maybe Hugo Pratt.

James Jean did a mindboggling wallpaper tapestry for Prada. Pulphope did window displays for Deisel. In coming months look for Sophie Crumb's ceiling fresco for Victoria's Secret and Denis Kitchen's kid illustrating an ad campaign for Baby Gap.

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