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Li Xiaofeng

Beijing artist Li Xiaofeng makes clothing from ancient pottery shards. That’s about all one can dig up from the same reposted text that appears throughout the blogosphere. Here and there is the odd mention of his commission from Lacoste to brand Qing and Ming dynasty shards with the company’s trademark crocodile. Google yields little discussion of other works, except that he has been obsessed with collecting and sorting ancient pottery for a long time.

Li’s designs call to mind the seedy glamor of pre-war Shanghai, when the cityscape was a curious mix of British bankers, Chinese peasants and China Marines. One need look no further than Wong Kar-Wai’s sultry, haunting In The Mood for Love for evidence of the incredible richness of the Shanghainese aesthetic at that time.

Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung on the streets of the French Concession.

update >> Friend Juliana just posted this image from Li Xiaofeng’s current exhibit in Beijing, where it was displayed alongside the limited edition Lacoste polos it inspired.

Li Xiaofeng's October 2010 show in Beijing.

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2 responses to “Li Xiaofeng

  1. baobabs October 24, 2010 at 1:52 am

    His Lacoste pieces are coming to Beijing next week! They are recreating the opening in Paris earlier this year in June, should be good fun! Amazing photo collection, by the way.

    • therearedoors October 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Juliana, glad you stopped by, and thanks for the comment. When I lived in Shanghai I never managed to make it up to Beijing (I know, right?), but I’ve heard so many positive things about its art “scene”. If work like Li Xiaofeng’s is even half-way common, it must be awesome. Wish I could be there to see the show!

      Thanks for your praise on the photos :)

      - Schuyler

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