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    Berndnaut Smilde: The In-Cloud – Karl Lagerfeld (Courtesy the artist, Harper’s Bazaar and Ronchini Gallery) Photography by Simon Procter (detail)

Art: Berndnaut Smilde's indoor clouds meet fashion icons for Harper's Bazaar

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Hey everyone, remember back in February 2012 when we introduced you to Berndnaut Smilde and his jaw-dropping indoor clouds project Nimbus? Well we’ve been following Berndnaut’s career with interest ever since then and so we were fascinated to find out that he’s just collaborated with Harper’s Bazaar USA for his first ever work featuring people. But these aren’t just any people, oh no, this is five of the world’s most iconic designers, namely Karl Lagerfeld, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce, Alber Elbaz and Donatella Versace.

It’s so interesting to see Berndnaut’s work move in this direction, with the meticulously created clouds (which only exist for a minute or two) forced to share centre stage with some of the fashion’s world’s biggest hitters. Or is it them forced to share centre stage with these ephemeral artworks? Either way, these images are incredible.

This feature appears in the September 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar U.S.

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    Berndnaut Smilde: The In-Cloud – Donatella Versace (Courtesy the artist, Harper’s Bazaar and Ronchini Gallery) Photography by Simon Procter

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    Berndnaut Smilde: The In-Cloud – Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce (Courtesy the artist, Harper’s Bazaar and Ronchini Gallery) Photography by Simon Procter

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    Berndnaut Smilde: The In-Cloud – Alber Elbaz (Courtesy the artist, Harper’s Bazaar and Ronchini Gallery) Photography by Simon Procter

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    Berndnaut Smilde: The In-Cloud – Karl Lagerfeld (Courtesy the artist, Harper’s Bazaar and Ronchini Gallery) Photography by Simon Procter

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.