Tulle Tale

In a twist, a single piece of tulle, fabric used to veil the face, can be manipulated by artist Benjamin Shine to itself articulate a portrait. Shine collaborated with Givenchy artistic director Riccardo Tisci on two haute couture sweatshirts adorned with the visage of Madonna (pictured) and a T-shirt with the Madonna and child using a tulle-sculpting technique to create illusions of depth. The material intimates the “strength and fragility” of the icons, according to Shine, for whom the piece has psychological weight. “Fabric as both a functional and emotive medium inspired this,” he explains.