Damien Hirst, the most prominent member of the group known as the “Young British Artists” that ruled the art scene during the 1990s, has a fixation with death. Maybe you’ve heard of his best known work entitled, “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” in which a 14-foot tiger-shark was immersed in formaldehyde in a clear display case, just floating, frozen in time. It’s pretty sick.
Hirst is also the artist responsible for the Memento Mori titled “For the Love of God”, which is a replica of a human skull comprised of platinum and encrusted with 8,601 diamonds. The center piece weighs a heavy 1,106.18 carats and is the epitome of excessive spending.
Such memorable pieces by Hirst may be the very reason why luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen has asked the artist to employ his ghoulish talent in creating 30 limited-edition scarves to celebrate the brand’s 10 years of skull-prints (they were first released as part of the Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2003 collection).
But instead of diamonds, the project will entail colorful insects (channeling aspects of Hirst’s “Entomology” series) that will be worked into the iconic skull shape. According to the representative of the luxury fashion house, Hirst showed a keen “interest in symmetrical design combined with strong references to the natural world” that the brand wanted to explore. If Lee Alexander McQueen were still here, we think he would wholly approve of the very fitting collaboration.