Fred Perry Singapore x Horace Panter Two-Part Collaboration
Artist collaborations are rife these days but this one has really put the special relationship between the same-but-different worlds of art and fashion into something seriously bankable. British street fashion label Fred Perry announces an exclusive two-part collaboration with Horace Panter, a pop artist and bassist of one of the most influential bands in British music, The Specials.
Four original artworks from Panterʼs Cassette series are plastered on the classic Fred Perry Shirt, each reproduced into a patch and sewn onto the right sleeve. Panterʼs work is based on traditional forms of iconography infused with a pop art twist with influences drawn from artists such as Peter Blake, Kenneth Noland and Wayne Thiebaud.
Each of the selected artworks addresses the themes of youth tribes, music culture and pays homage to ska, punk and rock bands of the century from the likes of The Specials, The Jam, Madness and Nirvana. The shirt is authenticated with Panterʼs signature on the bottom hem and complete with a collection-specific swing tag featuring excerpt of lyrics from each song. Song titles include ʻGhost Townʼ, ʻOne Step Beyondʼ, ʻIn The Cityʼ and ʻTeen Spiritʼ.
The Cassette Shirts retail at $199 each, with only 100 pieces made and sold exclusively at Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Collection Shop.
The second part of the collaboration will see Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Collection Shop hosting a retrospective exhibition of the pop art connoisseur. Widely known as Sir Horace Gentleman by fellow members of The Specials, Panter is dual artist who divides his time between his art practice and bassist of the pioneering two-tone British band.
Witness a series of intimate shots which charts Panterʼs art and music processes behind the scenes exclusively at the Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Collection Shop at Madarin Gallery from 8 June – 13 July.