In February 2020, the “Clothes I Wore” exhibition by Rose Wylie held at the Choi and Lager Gallery in Seoul was full of art work inspired by pieces of memories about her clothes worn in the past. The exhibition displayed iconic drawings and paintings of women wearing charming outfits that seem to manifest the pure innocence of the artist. In March 2021, at the Seoul Art Center, another of her grand exhibitions took place. The show included a broad and diverse array of work mainly about simplifying, overlapping and changing the images in memories and themes of everyday life to recreate life unique to the artist.
“I’m used to people not paying the slightest attention to what I paint. Then suddenly they do. I’m the same and the paintings are the same. But people now look at them.” This impressive answer she gave in a media interview led to the title of the collection “SHE IS, SHE WAS.”
We wanted to interpret the playfulness and easiness, the combination of bright colors that is manifested in the paintings that she used to express what she sees and feels as-is, in a unique LEHHO way. The collection includes exuberant pieces of unique structure; colorful line stroke pieces that were inspired by the line paintings, which is her signature display of unpredictable colors, lace pants that seem to have stamped patterns, body suits that highlight voluminous sleeves made of sturdy jersey, petticoat cotton dresses that gives a girlish yet edgy look, crop jackets that enables variations using a wide spectrum of straps made of tropical wool, and oversized pant suits with an exaggerated silhouette.