In the Studio with Whitaker Malem: 30 Years in Fashion, Film and Art
Leather artisans Whitaker Malem open their studio-home for the first time to exhibit key archival pieces alongside new works exploring sexuality and gender. In addition, Patrick Whitaker and ceramicist Kate Malone discuss the parallels between their disciplines.
Established in 1988, Whitaker Malem is a creative and personal partnership between Patrick Whitaker and Keir Malem. Having produced their own collections of sculptural leather garments, the duo went on to create catwalk pieces for the likes of Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan. In 1995 they established a technique for sculpting and covering torsos in leather, which they have subsequently developed. Patrick and Keir have collaborated with the artist Allen Jones for nearly 20 years, creating leather-covered sculptures using this technique.
For the last 15 years they have worked extensively in the film industry, creating principal costumes for movies including: Die Another Day, Eragon, Batman, Captain America, 300: Rise of an Empire and the costume armour for the recent Wonder Woman film.
Based on Patrick and Keir’s accumulated experience in art, fashion & film, their new work explores the sexed body and gender identity.