Dec 22

From street to store – how a woman from toulouse transformed graffiti art with girly dolls

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Miss Van in London

Miss Van in London

From street to store, Miss Van has transformed graffiti art as we know it. At the age of 18 she joined the feminist movement in street art by decorating buildings of her home town (Toulouse, France) with girly, cartoon-like dolls. Today, not only will you notice Miss Van´s artwork on street corners from Barcelona to Berlin, but also in some of the most up and coming galleries worldwide.

Miss Van in Berlin (next Hackescher Markt)

Miss Van in Berlin (next Hackescher Markt)

Her work has been somewhat controversial, however, and has provoked a negative response from feminists who do not agree with Miss Van’s portrayal of women. Miss Van´s dolls, who she says were originally self-portraits, are not a demonstration of anti-feminism, but rather of escapism:
“My dolls convey a provocative image, sometimes a bit erotic. I wish they disturbed and provoked fantasies. I want them to make the viewer react, no matter the reaction. I would like them to make people forget their daily lives.”

Exhibition in Vienna

Exhibition in Vienna

Recently moved to Barcelona, Spain, Miss Van has collaborated with local fashion designer Anaoana. Little by little, they have fused together their two visions and the end result?

Miss Van with Anaoana, "Still Summer" Collection

Miss Van with Anaoana, "Still Summer" Collection

Miss Van with Anaoana, "Still Summer" Collection

Miss Van with Anaoana, "Still Summer" Collection

Miss Van & Anaoana’s (MVA) collection, the most recent of which is called “Oddities”  keeps the essence of Miss Van´s artwork with fresh colours and doll-like images combined with different materials and shapes which keep the feminine but casual feel of the brand.

Oddities, Collection with Anaoana

Oddities, Collection with Anaoana

Oddities, Collection with Anaoana,

Oddities, Collection with Anaoana

What do you think? “Just” street art or more? Which is your favourite? What about the pictures?

Miss Van

One of Miss Vans puppets

You can find the fascinating collection as well as more information about the artist and designer exclusively here. www.missvan-anaoana.com

Miss Van with Anaoana

Miss Van with Anaoana

If you´d like to check out the collection yourself, head to:

www.missvan-anaoana.com

 

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