Julia Chaplin Talks Gypset Style at Phoenix Art Museum
What's "gypset"? It's pretty simple actually. Combine the roaming lifestyle of Gypsies with the dawn of '60s jetsetting air travel.
Chaplin, a journalist, who's contributed to Elle, Vogue, and New York Times and specializes in alternative lifestyles and counterculture, spoke last night at Phoenix Art Museum about her research into gypset culture and how it relates to the work of fashion designer Giorgio di Sant' Angelo, the subject of a currently-on-view retrospective.
Chaplin traced Sant' Angelo's use of tribal prints, bold colors, and peasant shapes to a hitchhiking trip he took, in the vein Jack Kerouac's On The Road. That spirit of setting out to discover uncharted territory carried into his experimental designs and innovative silhouettes, which easily fit into the lifestyle of semi-nomadic creative types, like surfers, artists, and bon vivants.