American artist Ed Ruscha lent the design of his striking 1987 work, “Boy Meets Girl,”– an acrylic painting that depicts a dazzling grid of lights, overlaid with the words “Boy Meets Girl” – to the lining of a one-off Huntsman jacket, which was successfully auctioned benefit America’s Alzheimer’s Association.
The idea for the collaboration came about when Anthony Peck saw the printed silk linings that Huntsman had created with works by Francis Bacon and René Magritte. Brainstorming with our Chairman Pierre Lagrange, Tony suggested Ed Ruscha to collaborate on a jacket. Visiting the artist in his Los Angeles studio, Ed strongly supported the idea of creating this special Huntsman piece, being keen to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association charity and its research.
Each stage of printing the lining and then cutting it to fit the garments, was approved by Ruscha. Huntsman’s tailors worked between 11 Savile Row and Ruscha’s studio, to ensure they meet with the artist’s exacting standards. In all, the process for approving the silk printing of Ruscha’s work on the silk took almost a year.
Ed Ruscha Huntsman Boy meet girls collaboration pieces are owned by Ed Ruscha, Eddie Ruscha, Lauren Hutton, Larry Gagosian and Pierre Lagrange, and the winner of the Rita Hayworth Gala for The Alzheimer’s Association.