Prior to his death, actor and artist Dennis Hopper collaborated with Vans to create a limited edition collection of apparel and footwear featuring some of his artwork. The Vans Dennis Hopper Collection includes t-shirts, a long sleeve shirt, a jacket, and shoes. Not all of the items feature Dennis Hopper artwork, although all of them include a Dennis Hopper Project logo. The collection is available exclusively at Urban Outfitters.
Matthew Ross, lead designer of the collection told GQ,
Although he was one of the most prolific actors of our time, the Dennis Hopper that we really are paying tribute to in this project is Dennis the photographer. After we approached Dennis, he worked with his daughter and assistant and they put together this mini book of Dennis’ images that told the story of his Vans connection. They took certain eras from his life that often you associate with his films and sent us this series of great images he had created. We began work on this clothing collection and all of the artwork you see on the t-shirts and the jacket lining are either his photographs or artistic creations.
Dennis Hopper was an accomplished painter and photographer. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout the world. Dennis Hopper’s work includes portraits of 1960s personalities from the art, film and music circles that he belonged to, including such well known names as Andy Warhol, Ike and Tina Turner, Bill Cosby and Paul Newman. Dennis Hopper also released a book of his early photographs titled Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967.
Related blog entries:
My Visit to Dennis Hopper Double Standard at MOCA LA (August 7, 2010)
Dennis Hopper Double Standard at MOCA Los Angeles (May 18, 2010)
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