Last night, William Blanchard, under the name ‘Wildcat Will’, showed a fantastical collection of art collages inspired by the Follies-Bergere. The imagery all featuring butterflies as a backdrop to 1920’s titillating dancers will appeal to the aesthetic of the fashion influenced and the beautiful people.
Fittingly so, as Will’s friends in attendance included his partner, Siobhan Fahey (still gorgeous after all these years), Jackson Scott, Sadie Frost, Pam Hogg, Bobby Gillespie and (my old friend) Meg Matthews. Ex drummer of Death in Vegas and Shakespeare’s Sister, Blanchard seemed relaxed and happy to pose and chat about his work while guest DJ Dermot O’Leary entertained the party revellers.
Explaining the reasoning behind the work, Blanchard said, “The women of the Follies-Bergere existed in a twilight zone; a demi-monde who existed glamorously on the fringes of society. They became celebrities in their time but many died in poverty.” A lesson for today’s bloggers. *ahem*
Also in attendance at the launch were Laura Pradelska from Game of Thrones, Siobhan Donaghy from The Sugababes and French pop singer, Petite Meller who was eccentric Gallic charm itself.
Wildcat Will’s works are on show from 9th-31st July 2015 at The Beautiful Crime Gallery, First Floor, 2A Luke Street, London EC2A 4NT. Gallery open Mon-Fri 11am-6.30pm, Sat 11am-5pm. www.beautifulcrime.com