Anna Blessmann presents A Plan Application
A wardrobe for KulturarbeiterInnen a collection of garments for a creative life.
A Plan Application is a working wardrobe, to build on (not replace) season on season from the studio of artist Anna Blessmann.
A Plan Application finds elegance in the confident way an aptly dressed body moves. Designed by a sculptor, these are garments conceived in three dimensions, to fit and shift with the shape of the wearer. Separates and signature pieces in cotton drill, jersey, denim and merino wool, they travel and combine.
A Plan Application is a uniform fit for studio work, site visits, gallery installations, formal meetings, private views and after parties. It is a wardrobe for a contemporary cultural worker, one who needs to be professional rather than respectable, creative rather than conservative, opinionated rather than conformist, sharp.
A Wardrobe for a Contemporary Cultural Worker
In the 1980s Donna Karan introduced the idea of ‘Seven Easy Pieces’: wardrobe staples for an era when women were breaking through the glass ceiling and into the boardroom. Three decades later, the working wardrobe is no longer defined by a crisp white shirt and tailored jacket.
A Plan Application proposes the role of the artist or creative worker as a new contemporary paradigm, and in the place of traditional office garb, a wardrobe adapted to a spectrum of demands, from physical acts of making to on-display evening events.
Like the creative worker of today, A Plan Application is ready to travel. In place of the air-conditioned homogeneity of the office, these clothes are as suited to the reality of icy Berlin studios and rain-soaked London pavements as they are to projecting intellectual, creative and even sexual power.
Inspired by staple garments in artist Anna Blessmann’s own wardrobe, the first core collection for A Plan Application includes a tailored adaptation of the classic hooded sweatshirt, in which outsized hood and broad shoulders swoop into a slim waistline; a multi-pocket jumpsuit adapted from a window cleaner’s overalls; slim over-the-knee leather boots, and a kimono collar wrap dress. All conceived in gradations of blue, from indigo denim through cobalt, azure to icy-blue white, A Plan Application dips, borderless, between men’s and women’s wear, with jeans, knits and outer layers available to all parties.
Anna Blessmann was born in Berlin, and is currently based between London, Berlin and Milan. After completing her MA at the University of the Arts in Berlin in 1996, she worked for seven years with Maurizio Altieri on the cult fashion label Carpe Diem. As an artist, her work has been featured in a number of solo and group shows in European institutions, including KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin and the Kunstmuseum Bonn.
Since 2001 she has worked collaboratively with the British artist and graphic designer Peter Saville. Their projects have been exhibited at significant institutions, galleries and art events around the world, including Migros Museum Zurich, Whitechapel Gallery London, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne Reims, MAMCO Geneva, Gallery Neu Berlin, Cabinet London and at the 2016 Okayama Art Summit Japan.