[New York]: ca. mid-1980s. Circular chain link dress, black rubber circles and aluminum spirals. Designed by David Spada and Keith Haring. Worn by Joey Arias, gifted to him by International Chrysis; previously worn by Grace Jones, as reported by Arias. Near fine. Item #7068
Unique dress originally designed by Keith Haring and David Spada for Grace Jones, gifted to Joey Arias by International Chrysis.
Spada, a renowned jewelry and costume designer, was a close friend and frequent collaborator with Keith Haring. Together, the duo designed this dress and several other pieces for supermodel and performer Grace Jones; Jones was photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe in several of these unique designer pieces and appeared on stage wearing Spada/Haring outfits. In the 1990s, Spada began to focus his practice more on interior design, creating large-scale hanging decorations for the Palladium and decorations for other nightlife and party design. Spada died of AIDS-related complications in 1996.
A remarkable one-of-a-kind piece of an iconic downtown nightlife collaboration.
Additional costumes worn by Joey Arias and Klaus Nomi, designed by Thierry Mugler, Isabelle Toledo, and Kansai Yamamoto, among others, available upon request to firstname.lastname@example.org.