Friday, December 05, 2008

Art's a beach

The OTN Style editor tells us it’s artist towel time at Target stores in the US. This year there are neat beach towels by Edward Ruscha and Raymond Pettibon, Julian Schnabel and Karen Kilimnik. Artists and beachwear go way back. The snappy swimsuit from 1925 was designed by Sonia Delaunay who had a partnership with fashion designer Jacques Heim. It was Heim who introduced an early precursor to the modern bikini that he called the Atome. You can order the pick of the towel crop, Edward Ruscha’s The Study of Friction and Wear on Mating Surfaces, here.

Images: Left, towels by Raymond Pettibon (top) and Edward Ruscha. Right, modelling swimwear by Sonia Delaunay