Few artistic subjects are more fascinating than the human body, and few artists are more talented than Lucy McRae, who works in the space where fashion, technology and the human form overlap. Ditching the restrictive titles that she could easily claim—artist, architect, thinker—Lucy McRae prefers to call herself a Body Architect. Much of McRae’s work takes the natural human silhouette, distorts it, and then recreates that image for an entirely different effect.
McRae is trained in classical ballet and interior design, and her diverse background undeniably contributes to her wide range of talents. From wearable art to media to swallowable perfume that releases a genetically unique scent after being consumed, McRae’s headed—or at least been a part of—numerous projects that have explored the relationship between fashion, the human body and technology. As part of the far future design research, she created stretchable electronics and emotion-sensing clothing.
Together, Lucy McRae and Bart Hess comprise LucyandBart, a collaboration that has been described as “an instinctual stalking of fashion, architecture, performance and the body.” In each piece, McRae and Hess transform the human form using a variety of materials, shapes, colors and textures. Their prosthetic-like way of treating each piece is both off-putting and transfixing. For the viewer, it is nearly impossible to consider the art as being separate from the individual who “wears” it.
McRae’s trailblazing, innovative view on fashion, technology and the body has caught the attention of the world. McRae is a TED Fellow, has been listed as one of the top 50 people shaping the world and has consulted for some of the world’s most powerful enterprises, including Vogue, Aésop, Intel and Levi’s. Of course, after taking one look at her work, it’s easy to see that the hype is well deserved.
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Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the 86th annual Academy Awards were filled with well-dressed celebrities, acceptance speeches, pizza and awesome selfies. Here are 12 incredible behind the scenes images from the top Academy Award-winning films.
In the photo above, Matthew McConaughey, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor, shoots a scene on the set of Dallas Buyers Club. McConaughey stole headlines when he dropped 47 pounds for the role. Dallas Buyers Club also snagged Oscars for Best Makeup and Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto, seen below).
In the image above, director Steve McQueen and actor Chiwetel Ejiofor discuss a scene from 12 Years A Slave. The film won numerous awards, including the coveted Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o. In more controversial news, director Steve McQueen omitted screenwriter John Ridley’s name from his acceptance speech at the Oscars after the screenwriter politely declined McQueen’s request for a co-writing credit on the film.
The Academy Award for Best Actress went to Cate Blanchett, for her role as Jasmine in the film Blue Jasmine. Alec Baldwin also starred in the film, which was directed by Woody Allen.
Gravity won 7 Oscars this year, including Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón) and Best Visual Effects. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney starred in the film, which—as you can see—took a lot of behind the scenes work to make possible.
Unsurprisingly, The Great Gatsby won 2 Oscars for both Best Production Design and Best Costume Design (check out the detailed costumes and sets in these two Oscars behind the scenes shots). The Great Gatsby was one of many high-performing films Leonardo DiCaprio appeared in during 2013.
Frozen, a Disney flick starring two animated ice princess sisters, captivated audiences large and small, ultimately winning Best Animated Movie at the Academy Awards. Check out Alan Tudyk, the actor who voiced Duke, in the Oscars behind the scenes shot below.
In Her, a sad writer grows increasingly close to his new operating system (read: computer program). The film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams, was directed by Spike Jonze, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
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