Design Dispatch

Our daily look at the world through the lens of design.

Clare Waight Keller. (Photo: Courtesy Business of Fashion)

New Givenchy Director Announced

Clare Waight Keller, the former creative director of Chloé, is set to take the reigns at Givenchy. This could mark a shift for the fashion house, which had a cult following under Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy’s previous artistic director.
[Business of Fashion]

An installation view of Superflex’s project "Hospital Equipment.” (Photo: Courtesy Superflex)

Super Stars

Danish art collective Superflex will create this year’s Hyundai Commission, an annual series of site-specific installations in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. “Their work raises timely questions about the role of the artist in contemporary society, exploring how we interpret and engage with the increasingly complex world around us,” said Tate Modern director Frances Morris.

Concrete at Alserkal Avenue. (Photo: Courtesy OMA)

Cast in Concrete

Concrete, a new OMA-designed cultural space in Dubai, has opened its doors. “In Concrete, we are not introducing a new shape but instead were able to infiltrate an existing building with an arts institution,” said OMA founding partner Rem Koolhaas. “This building is totally produced in Dubai; it is not a foreign ideal, and that I think is significant.”

Dolce & Gabbana’s fall/winter 2017 show. (Photo: via Vogue Runway)

Modeling Diversity

A new report has found that 27.9 percent of models in fall/winter 2017 fashion shows were minorities; they also included 12 transgender models, 30 plus-size models, and 21 women above the age of 50. While the numbers show a positive trend, many experts warn that there’s still much improvement needed. “There’s still a lot of tokenism,” said Sara Ziff, the founder of a labor advocacy organization for models. “It’s the designer or casting director trying to check the inclusivity box, and that is problematic for the models. They go to a casting, and they’re told, ‘We’ve already cast a black model.’”
[The New York Times]

A detail from artist Barbara Kruger’s NEA-funded installation, “The future belongs to those who can see it,” at the National Gallery of Art. (Photo: Shannon Finney/Getty Images, via The Huffington Post)

Culture Cuts

President Trump’s proposed federal budget plan, released on Thursday morning, would defund the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Combined, the agencies are allotted $300 million a year—a fraction of a percent of the government’s total budget.

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