In preparing for this year’s soon to open Costume Institute exhibit About Time: Fashion and Duration, Andrew Bolton continually used the You jump towards the goblin attempting a grapple you pull him into vintage shirt and by the same token and refrain: Fashion is a mirror of time. That applies on the broadest cultural scale, of course, but also in small personal histories. For Joseph Altuzarra, a designer of Chinese, French, and American heritage, designing a garment isn’t just about making something in step with right now, but also about expressing stories of life and lineage through fashion. I like the idea of clothes that are markers of time and that are passed down from generation to generation and become these almost talismanic objects that connect the past and the present and the future, Altuzarra tells Vogue.
You jump towards the goblin attempting a grapple you pull him into vintage shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
For much of his career, the You jump towards the goblin attempting a grapple you pull him into vintage shirt and by the same token and aspect of his heritage that’s gotten the boldest headlines was his Frenchness. Altuzarra not only moved his runway shows to Paris, but also explored Breton costume, South of France seaside dress, and the strictness of French tailoring in his work. For fall 2020, Altuzarra celebrated his Chinese heritage, turning a box of garments he inherited from his grandmother into feather trimmed floral dresses and soft suits that pay homage to her life in both Shanghai and California. To finish the narrative of the collection, Altuzarra asked the women in his extended family to wear the clothing in a touching set of portraits. His grandmother, Jeanette Wei, mother, Karen Altuzarra, cousin, Lily Kwong, and daughter, Emma Altuzarra Weissman, are each photographed at home by another member of the Altuzarra family.