I’m excited to announce that the sweater will be unveiled and seen in public for the first time at the grand opening of the new Marilyn Monroe exhibit at the Hollywood Museum “Marilyn Remembered: An Intimate Look at The Legend,” on Saturday June 5. The official press release announcing the sweater is provided below:
Arizona Artist and Fashion House Collaborate
Marilyn Makes Her Debut
NEWPORT BEACH, CA — The artist, LUDVIC, and St. Croix Collections are pleased to announce their creative collaboration in creating a new limited edition sweater.
The sweater features one of Ludvic’s Marilyn Monroe paintings recreated in a stunning custom knitted sweater for men. The art sweater is created as a limited edition piece with only 300 pieces made. The first samples have been completed, and the final sweater will be available August 2010. Reserve orders of the art sweater can be placed through the St. Croix Shop in Newport Beach, California.
Ludvic’s large-scale paintings of Marilyn have been in the making for several years. His variations on the theme of Marilyn are endless through the use of color, texture and size. Ludvic experiments by using colors and patterns to create his portraits with an end result that is astounding to the viewer. As Ludvic says, he “paints people from the inside out.” The artist continues, “Many people ask why I have such a long-standing, ongoing encounter with Marilyn. To me she is the epitome of glamour and beauty combined with the charisma of a goddess and I try to capture that on canvas. I am particularly thrilled to see this Marilyn reproduced as a sweater from St. Croix. The result is incredible and the quality superb. It is really wearable art.”
The original oil painting of Marilyn was displayed at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel during the Academy Awards. Ludvic’s newest Marilyn limited edition prints are available through Exclusive Editions located at Fashion Square Mall, Scottsdale, Arizona.
St. Croix Collections is a luxury men’s sportswear maker, now in its 50th year of creating knitwear of exceptional quality. St. Croix Collections are renown for their fashion and craftsmanship and have a long history of placement in high-end fashion retailers.
About the Artist:
Born in Egypt, LUDVIC has a BA in Architecture and studied art in Basel, Switzerland. In Europe, he apprenticed with renowned artists Karel Appel, Bram Bogart and Marino Marini. He worked at Andy Warhol’s “Factory” in the 1970’s. He later lived and worked in Canada, and moved to NYC in the mid-1980s, where he defined his style as an artist.
His paintings and sculptures have been shown in numerous museum exhibits and his work is collected internationally. www.Ludvic.com
About St. Croix Collections:
Now in its 50th year, Knitcraft Corporation — manufacturer of the exclusive St. Croix Collections and Ludvic’s Marilyn art sweater — has consistently created the highest quality men’s knitwear and outerwear in the world. In the years since its inception, the St. Croix label has grown to comprise a complete collection of the world’s finest knits, sport shirts, denim, trousers, outerwear, leathers and hosiery, available in premier specialty stores, including twelve independently owned St. Croix Shops across the United States.
St. Croix’s underlying philosophy has always been to offer the absolute best quality possible, with the perfection of the product being the ultimate goal. In the words of Knitcraft President and CEO, Bernhard Brenner, “You cannot, at any price, from any source in the world, buy a better sweater. You can only pay more.” This philosophy drives the innovation of designer knits as well as the development of exclusive construction methods.
Artist: LUDVIC www.ludvic.com
Gallery: Exclusive Editions International
Fashion Square Mall, Scottsdale, AZ
2nd level, across from Charlotte Russe
exclusiveeditionsintl.com — 908-406-2452
Art Sweater: St. Croix Shop – Newport Beach
401 Newport Center Dr., Suite #208
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Contact: For additional information, contact Bruce Amster, Director of Stores
562-590-5520 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.