Society / The Seen

A Huge Line Greets a Rock Star Fashion Designer in Dallas

It’s Fancy iPhone Cases and Admirers Galore

BY // 06.02.16
photography Mark Nelson

Two gentlemen had to manage the door at Forty Five Ten when Brian Bolke hosted fashion designer Jeremy Scott for a public appearance and signing of his eponymous book. Scott’s fans — tons of them — are obsessed with his conceptual, Pop Art-like designs for Moschino and his own men’s and women’s wear collection, Jeremy Scott.

Well before the signing began, a lengthy line formed, many fans and admirers clutching Scott’s Windex-spritzer-shaped iPhone cases and wearing copious amounts of pop-culture iconography (McDonald’s logos, cartoons, etc.). Thirty minutes before the signing, we caught up with Scott in the T Room and found that the man himself, who hails from Missouri, is as darling and inspired as the clothing he designs.

You were last here for TWO X TWO for AIDS and Art in 2015. The neon graffiti gown you did for Nancy Rogers was unbelievable.
We thought: It’s Fancy Nancy. It was so much fun being a little sequin in the bigger picture that night.

Your work is wearable art. Do you consider yourself an artist?
I long ago abandoned the pretense that there’s an ego or haughtiness to calling yourself an artist. I am an artist. I use fabric and runway shows; these are the tools I use as an artist when I create my work. Art doesn’t have to be hanging on a wall.

The difference between Jeremy Scott and Moschino?
A good analogy would be a subway station in New York. These trains are going through the city and sometimes they stop at, say, West Fourth Street. They both stop. Let people on. Let people off. But they keep going and end up somewhere else. That’s kind of how I look at it. It’s all running through me, but [Jeremy Scott and Moschino] have different final destinations. You may end up uptown or you may end up downtown, depending on which train you get on.

How do you know Forty Five Ten owner Brian Bolke?
We first met in New York when he was there for the shows. He is so passionate and so supportive and, in a way, took me under his wing here.

Aside from Bolke and Rogers, are there other people in town whom you’re excited to catch up with?
Tina [Craig], of course. She has been a big supporter. Cindy and Howard [Rachofsky] are so lovely. They are the epitome of hospitality.

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