Monday Muse: Norman Rockwell Inspires Gant by Michael Bastian
Michael Bastian made his mark on menswear by designing clothes that were so All-American that he ushered in a new menswear movement. In what seemed like a nanosecond, the blogosphere and every men’s mag had Hedi Slimane slim suits and severe European tailoring in the rear view and buffalo plaids, chambray work shirts and Ivy League staples on their radar. So leave it to the harbinger of Americana to draw from one of the country’s most beloved artists for his collection for Gant.
For Fall 2013, Bastian took iconic Norman Rockwell pieces and brought them to life — the two dimensional paintings that inspired some of the pieces hung right alongside the models during his presentation at the The Art Students League of New York, which just so happens to be Rockwell’s alma mater. Rockwell is best known for painting images of everyday life in America, from guys at a diner counter to family meals around the dining room table.
But Bastian looked closer at the men that the paintings depicted and drew from their clothes to create a collection of back-to-basics staples that every guy will want for his own closet.