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David Smith - Sadie WilliamsDavid Smith, Cubi XXIII. Stainless steel, 1964

Steel drums

How Henry Moore and welded sculptures inspired the designs of Central Saint Martins's class of AW13, five decades on

Begüm Sekendiz Boré is a visual artist and writer based in Paris, cross-referencing fashion with ideas from fine art and contemporary culture to create new dialogues. Again & Again collects original works by the French artist on the fashion weeks and beyond. 

In Harping On, I was talking about strings and Henry Moore, and Henry Moore was talking about life at the Royal College of Art. This week, Henry is back in London to meet his assistant Anthony Caro at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design where Anthony happens to be a tutor. 

More fabric than aluminium, the alumni and their work leave Henry petrified: as far as he knew, upon introduction to the American sculptor David Smith in the early 1960s, Anthony had started constructing sculptures by welding or bolting together collections of prefabricated metal like steel plates and meshes. Apprised of the ropes of Eilish Mackintosh, 'These are  Bound to Fail! ' Henry cries. Eilia succeeds. Eilia is succeeded by Hampus Berggren and even more ropes by Mark Manders. Henry meanders pastElena Crehan, Nayoung Moon and then Sadie Williams...

Seeing him all stained and drained and drooping like his Draped Reclining Woman, Toma Stenko brings Henry a reclining chair which Mark Manders declines: "It’s great if everybody is sitting or kneeling on the floor. You cannot really say that chairs did really well for the health of humans. Well maybe in colder areas of the world it is warmer for your body to sit on chairs. Its a choice in evolution, now we cannot go back, we really need chairs, our body has weakened"  (Mark Manders to Mousse Magazine, #8 ).

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 Read fashion features editor Dean Mayo Davies's thoughts on the Central Saint Martins show here