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SAIC Fashion Chair Nick Cave in Vogue



One of Caves soundsuits
  • James Prinz
  • One of Cave's soundsuits
The September issue of Vogue, which hits newsstands today, features an eight-page spread of Nick Cave, chair of the School of the Art Institute's Fashion Department, in a variety of his Soundsuits—full-body outfits that on first glance look like a cross between a Muppet and Mummenschanz. Constructed of materials that include human hair, buttons, toys, and flea-market finds, they make "unusual sounds" and can be displayed as sculpture or worn by dancers or performers.

From September 10 to 17 there'll be a video installation of the Soundsuits on the corner of South Michigan Avenue and 23rd Street every evening starting at 8 PM. A pop-up shop featuring items like prints and T-shirts inspired by the suits (but not the suits themselves, which can cost several thousand dollars) opens from 8 to 10 PM on September 10, with a Vogue-signing by Cave from 9:30 to 10, and continues nightly from 6 to 9 PM. In the meantime there are several videos of the suits in action on the Web, including the one below, from a celebration for an exhibition of Cave's work at UCLA's Fowler Museum in January of this year.

Nick Cave's Soundsuit Invasion No. 1 in LA, courtesy Fowler Museum at UCLA
from Fowler Museum on Vimeo.