On Chess: World Chess Hall of Fame and Saint Louis Fashion Fund Join Forces to Create First Chess Un – St. Louis Public Radio

From New York Fashion Week to museum displays and world promoting campaigns, the intersection of vogue and chess has lengthy been a supply of inspiration.

In 2005, Alexander McQueen selected to use the sport of chess to current his spring/summer time 2005 assortment, titled “It’s Only a Game.” On the present, 36 fashions walked out individually taking their place in line. After they have been every in place, the lights dimmed and a chessboard was projected on the ground and every mannequin, imitating a chess piece, moved alongside and off the board. Nevertheless, the garments within the assortment didn't particularly reference chess. Relatively, McQueen discovered the sport to be a superb software to show revised looks of silhouettes he had introduced in his previous collections.  

5 years later, at New York Fashion Week, vogue firm G-Star organized a chess match forward of its runway present. The sport included grand grasp Magnus Carlsen taking part in in opposition to the world on the web. The identical yr, the corporate constructed an promoting marketing campaign round Carlsen, and at present the chess champion continues to be related to the model.

In 2013, World Chess Hall of Fame debuted the world-class exhibit, “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess,” which included attire from McQueen, Gucci, Maison Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf and others. The exhibition explored 9 sides of the queen — The Sage, Mom Determine, Magician, Enchantress, Explorer, Ruler, Mom Earth, Heroine, Thespian — and had the style world abuzz.  

But regardless of the promoting campaigns, chess-impressed vogue exhibits and exhibitions, there has by no means been a acknowledged uniform — or look — for taking part in the sport of chess. Enter the World Chess Hall of Fame, who just lately partnered with the Saint Louis Fashion Fund to discover this chance. The partnership, Pinned! A Designer Chess Challenge, is the first-of-its-type collaboration by which the inaugural class of the St. Louis Fashion Incubator — which arrived in St. Louis in January and will keep right here for 2 years — was challenged to create two items: one that may be worn by a chess participant throughout competitors and one other avant-garde piece impressed by the sport of chess.

The problem contains six gifted designers: Audra Noyes, Charles Smith II, Allison Mitchell, Agnes Hamerlik, Emily Brady Koplar and Reuben Reuel. The designers have been every paired with a chess grand grasp: Maurice Ashley, Cristian Chirila, Fabiano Caruana, Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez, Jennifer Shahade, and Nazi Paikidze. Every grand grasp and designer have been consulting with one another since February. They mentioned every little thing from what chess gamers usually put on, to what discomfort gamers expertise whereas sitting lengthy hours for a recreation. And so they explored what a super chess uniform would seem like for them.

It was a tough problem, contemplating that chess gamers every have their very own type and preferences. Nevertheless, these six designers are actually outfitted with the talent set to take it on with commendable feats already below their belts. In January, Allison Mitchell won the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award for her equipment line. And, only recently, Reuben Reuel was commissioned to design a skirt for Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s Push Party.

Complementing the accolades of the six designers is an esteemed jury that may choose the competitors. The judges embrace professor of Design Research and analysis chair of vogue at Parsons Faculty of Design, Hazel Clark; world vogue director of Macy’s, Abbey Samet; artistic director of his namesake model and deejay Timo Weiland; enterprise reporter of the St. Louis Publish-Dispatch, Debra Bass; and grand grasp, Eric Hansen.

On Aug. , the jurors shall be joined by the native and nationwide vogue and chess neighborhood at Home windows on Washington in downtown St. Louis to announce the successful designer, who shall be awarded a $10,000 scholarship. The occasion will coincide with the opening ceremony of the 2017 Sinquefield Cup, and shall be adopted by an after get together that features a deejay set by juror Timo Weiland.

Each the World Chess Hall of Fame and Saint Louis Fashion Fund hope that Pinned! will encourage an official chess uniform that may be manufactured and worn by chess gamers far and large. The 2 organizations be a part of the rising listing of designers, museums, vogue corporations and extra which can be garnering progressive concepts on the intersection of vogue and chess. 

Rikki Byrd is author, scholar and educator and is a school member at Washington College. She can be the undertaking supervisor for Pinned! A Designer Chess Problem - a collaboration between the World Chess Hall of Fame and St. Louis Fashion Fund. 

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