Sterling Ruby Adds Fashion Designer to His Résumé – The New York Times

By on June 14, 2019

FLORENCE, Italy — Although Sterling Ruby can hardly be considered new to fashion — thanks to his longstanding collaboration with Raf Simons at Dior and, later, at Calvin Klein — until now he has never called himself a designer.

That all changes on Thursday when the prodigious multidisciplinary artist, best known for his gargantuan post-apocalyptic ceramic vessels, debuts his first full line of clothing, called S.R. Studio. LA. CA., with a runway show held in former royal stables on the perimeter of the Boboli Gardens.

Mr. Ruby pointedly avoided journalistic contact as he prepared for his presentation in Florence, where he is a special guest of the Pitti Uomo men’s wear trade show. But a sneak peek at his collection showed that, even as he forayed into a new discipline, the artist retained familiar elements both of his folk-industrial aesthetic and the autobiographical nature of a wide-ranging artistic practice informed by some of the tidbits listed below:

1. Mr. Ruby, 47, has always sewed. His Dutch-born mother taught him during his high school years in rural New Freedom, Pa., where he was the oddball teen with patches on his jacket; the one whom, as he once said, “the other kids would just pick apart.’’

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