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Street Art goes high-fashion for '13 with Street Artist Judith Supine

One image of a mysterious acid-green faced woman with pink flowers in her hair on a black brick wall reappears across a Ready-To-Wear line during Fashion Week by India-based designer Manish Arora.

Street Artist Judith Supine shook slim hips on the runway last week with new stuff for Autumn/Winter 2012-13 as Arora collaborated with Supine for this new line of poke-out-your-eye moda.

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Autumn/Winter 2012-13 by Manish Arora at Paris Fashion Week (photo © courtesy Manish Arora)

Manish must have seen the cover of the 2010 compendium "Street Art New York" for some inspiration, as the same image that graces the book appears here on blouses, and many of Supines' signature acid green skinned ladies, smokers, and Brooklyn doyennes are splattered along with blossoms and moss across bolero jackets, pencil skirts, and 50s inspired ensembles.

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The photo of a piece on the street by Judith Supine - and the cover of "Street Art New York" by Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Supine's high wire antics on the streets (and bridges) of Brooklyn are well known in New York, and his collage-based surrealist figures have stopped people dead in their tracks since the current scene exploded here in the last decade. Indicative of the fine art and figurative influences that plowed new paths for all manner of expression on the street, Supines' work has eventually moved to badass galleries and adventurous private collections.

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Autumn/Winter 2012-13 by Manish Arora at Paris Fashion Week (photo © courtesy Manish Arora)

Supine's manager Naheed Simjee was in Paris for the fashion show and spoke to Manish Arora afterwards, who told her that in the process of designing this collection, the design team all became big fans of Judith Supine's artwork. Arora pulled what spoke to him from the body of artwork and hoped he did the artwork justice.

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Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

"I was really amazed," says Simjee. "Using detailed embroidering and taking elements like cigarettes in lips (which were hand embroidered on some of the pieces), exactly matching the color palette and the use of bright fuchsia flowers to decorate dresses and tops - all signature imagery in Judith Supine paintings, made the artwork really came alive on the models."

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Autumn/Winter 2012-13 by Manish Arora at Paris Fashion Week (photo © courtesy Manish Arora)

For the fashion line, Supine, who regularly pours through magazines for his inspiration, tells us he didn't try to get too involved. He said he just liked the idea of the collaboration and allowed designer Arora to interpret his work in whatever way he liked. The official press release says that Agora (is) "very attracted to street art, it deserves a lot more attention than it gets." For Supine's part, he's pretty happy with the outcome too, and is looking forward to wearing one of the dresses.

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Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Autumn/Winter 2012-13 by Manish Arora at Paris Fashion Week (photo © courtesy Manish Arora)

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Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Autumn/Winter 2012-13 by Manish Arora at Paris Fashion Week (photo © courtesy Manish Arora)

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Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Autumn/Winter 2012-13 by Manish Arora at Paris Fashion Week (photo © courtesy Manish Arora)

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Judith Supine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Autumn/Winter 2012-13 by Manish Arora at Paris Fashion Week (photo © courtesy Manish Arora)

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Judith Supine at his "Ladyboy" show in Los Angeles last year at New Image Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Autumn/Winter 2012-13 by Manish Arora at Paris Fashion Week (photo © courtesy Manish Arora)

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Judith Supine at his "Ladyboy" show in Los Angeles last year at New Image Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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See British Vogue for images from the full show here.

See SIMJEETEXTOR for more information about Judith Supine here.

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