Watch Now: Eric N. Mack, Haley Wollens in Conversation with Kiko Kostadinov and Laura & Deanna Fanning
Part of Frieze London Talks 2021
Part of Frieze London Talks 2021
Overseen by independent curator Jeppe Ugelvig, Frieze London Talks 2021 focused on artistic collaboration and economies of exchange.
Eric N. Mack (b. 1987, Columbia, MD) lives and works in New York. He received his BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, NY and his MFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT. In April 2021 Mack was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome. In 2017, hewas the recipient of the inaugural BALTIC Artists’ Award and completed artist residencies at the Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva Island, FL and Delfina Foundation, London, UK. In 2020 Mackcurated Pedestrian Profanities, a group exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery, New York, NY; and participated in the focused exhibition,Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, Kelley Walker at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY. His work has been shown extensively internationally and has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL (2021); Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto, Canada (2019); The Power Station, Dallas, TX (2019); Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY (2019); Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (2018); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2017); Albright–Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (2017). Major group exhibitions include Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2019); Desert X, Coachella Valley, CA (2019); Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2019); Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2017); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts, MA (2017); Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis, MO (2017); Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2016); and MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (2015).
Kiko Kostadinov is the menswear designer behind the acclaimed eponymous label based in London. His work, focused on innovative pattern cutting, attention to detail and intricate garment construction, aims to challenge and contribute to contemporary menswear aesthetics. Kostadinov studied Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins completing both his BA and MA. In February 2016, Kostadinov was the first Menswear student to be awarded the New Gen Men British Fashion Council Support directly after graduating. His debut collection was presented at London Collections: Men in June 2016. In November of the same year Kostadinov was appointed by luxury British heritage brand Mackintosh, taking the helm at their designer line, Mackintosh 0001. For the Spring Summer 2018 show Kostadinov introduced the first ever collaborative shoes with performance wear specialist ASICS. The creative partnership between the London based designer and the Japanese sportswear company carried on until Autumn Winter 2020, which also marked Kostadinov’s Paris debut. In 2020, the partnership with ASICS evolved into a multi-year initiative that will see the Kiko Kostadinov team working in tandem with ASICS designers, advising and curating within ASICS SportStyle. Kostadinov has worked closely with Dover Street Market since his graduation, and continues to create in-store installations for all Dover Street Markets worldwide. From 2018 he has launched permanent spaces for his collections in London, New York, Los Angeles and Ginza stores. Early in 2017 he was announced as one of Forbes Europe's 30 under 30 within The Arts category and in 2018 is nominated for a fashion award under British Emerging Talent Menswear.
Sisters Laura and Deanna Fanning are the designers and directors of Kiko Kostadinov’s womenswear collections, making their debut in September 2018. Their appointment has led to their directive in all avenues of the womenswear collections and presentations, including design and direction across collaborations, campaigns and store installations in addition to the seasonal runway collections. The autumn winter 2022 season will see them present their eigth collection with Kiko Kostadinov. Originally from Melbourne, Australia they join their backgrounds in womenswear and knitwear, solidified through their 2018 graduating collection from Central Saint Martin’s MA in Fashion Design. Prior to their MA, Deanna graduated from a BA in Fashion design with Knitwear at Central Saint Martins, whilst Laura completed her Bachelor of Fashion Design at RMIT in Melbourne. Together their design language establishes a dialogue for their vision of Kiko Kostadinov’s woman. Their collections merge futurism and craft using innovative cutting, contouring and an engineered approach to knitwear creating a unique perspective in womenswear fashion.