Huntsman’s sartorial style has become a bona fide work of art, following a collaboration between the house and celebrated American artist Ed Ruscha.
Ruscha has lent the design of his striking 1987 work, “Boy Meets Girl,” – an acrylic painting that depicts a dazzling grid of lights, overlaid with the words “Boy Meets Girl” – to the lining of a one-off Huntsman jacket, which was auctioned to benefit America’s Alzheimer’s Association.
One jacket only was made available for sale; it was to be made bespoke for the winner of the auction at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Rita Hayworth Gala in New York. Five “artist’s proofs” have been made and are not for sale. The first one for Lauren Hutton, owner of the original “Boy Meets Girl” painting. Miss Hutton has long been client of Huntsman and often wears the house’s tailored jackets and tuxedos.
The idea for the collaboration came about when Anthony Peck, (son of legendary Huntsman customer Gregory Peck) saw the printed silk linings that Huntsman had created with works by Francis Bacon and René Magritte. Brainstorming with our Chairman Pierre Lagrange, Tony suggested Ed Ruscha to collaborate on a jacket. Visiting the artist in his Los Angeles studio, Lagrange recalls the artist strongly supporting the idea of creating this special Huntsman piece, being keen to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association charity and its research. Huntsman will display the prototype and the silk print to be used for the winner of the bespoke jacket in the windows of its Savile Row establishment.