Have you seen the fuss over this T-shirt? What are your thoughts? Are people over-reacting? Or do you think there are people in society, particularly teens, who will take this seriously? We know better…. We do, don’t we? The designer definitely did what he set out to do…is to cause society to stop and think. Fashion can, in a split second, make an impact on how we feel and it’s worth discussing. All of it.
Immediately following the launch of Christopher Lee Sauvé’s MADMAUS tee collection at the Hudson’s Bay, the Canadian-born designer received online backlash regarding the particular tee in the collection which bears the infamous Kate Moss quote “Nothing Tastes As Good As Skinny Feels”.
The designer issued a press release. “In lieu of the recent allegations insisting that one particular t-shirt I designed for my last CLS collection, “Nothing Tastes As Good As Skinny Feels”, is in any way celebrating the severity of eating and body disorders is just not the case. As an artist, I got my start by making a mockery of the fashion industry as a whole. It’s an industry I’ve long followed and admired for decades, and it’s also an industry that begs to be mocked.Fashion is created to be either celebrated, adored, or hated and deplored. Quite like the industry itself. The particular t-shirt in question showcases an infamous quote by supermodel Kate Moss, as a nutrition label. Like all of my designs, it’s a glorified warning, an ode to the farcicality of the fashion industry and the obsessives that surround it. Most, if not all of my designs showcase some type of statement pointing out the absurdity of fashion, and this one item is no exception. I fully understand and comprehend the severity of an eating disorder and I do not condone celebrating such pain. My sincerest apologies to anyone that I have offended with my designs. I believe wholeheartedly in my work, however, and I can’t apologize for that.”
Notorious for the widely publicized “SAVE ANNA” silk screen designed and launched in December 2008 amidst the retirement rumours of Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, the designs of Christopher Lee Sauvé have earned the attention of press around the globe, featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Nylon and more.
This summer, Canadian pop fans and fashionistas alike can purchase select tees from Christopher Lee Sauvé’s MADMAUS series available at Hudson’s Bay for $60 CND.
“My focus is fusing commercial art into the fashion world, much like Andy Warhol blended commercial art with the art world. My greatest inspirations are street art, punk shows and of course, pop. MADMAUS is a marriage between infamous Micky ears and iconic figures, two strong graphic visuals and traits blended together to make the ultimate icon. The illustrations are created to replicate the look of a logo, simple: graphic, but recognizable and playful as POP should be” – Sauvé states.
Tees feature popular icons such as Miley Cyrus, Karl Lagerfeld, Prince, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, as well as a mixture of creative celebrity and pop-inspired designs.
About Christopher Lee Sauvé:
Sauvé began his pursuit of formal design at Design Academy Eindhoven in The Netherlands, where he enhanced his scope of knowledge and research in communication and design. He took an entry-level position with Adbusters Magazine. This hub of art, activism and creativity encompassed all creative mediums and collaborated with many contemporary artists and writers for the magazine and the book “Design Anarchy.”
After 2 years of conceptual research and designer, he continued to New York where he joined Diane Von Furstenburg and focused on a career in fashion. This later evolved into a freelance career with MAC Cosmetics, Alexander Wang, Dior, Theory, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Sephora, Kimora Lee Simmons and the development of his own clothing brand labeled “Christopher Lee Sauvé.