Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Watery Soup


The "Ultimate Bag" - the latest in a series of mock-offs by Mary Ping


Appropriation Art, I guess it could be called, from fashion designer Mary Ping, who founded the label Slow and Steady Wins the Race in 2001.

I'm not sure her "anti-consumerist manifesto" (the V&A retail shop's words) is working. According to her website, Ping wants to "push and produce interesting and significant pieces from the simplest and most inexpensive fabrics and materials," and to "open the cap on a more democratic dissemination, promotion and appreciation of clothing."

Reality check: they're cotton bags that only look smart because they replicate successful designs by artists with original thought.

Oh, and the price, you ask? About $175 for the bags below, and $300 for the Ultimate, above.



"Hermes" bag


"Channel" bag



"Balenciaga" bag


"Gucci" bag