Victor Wilde (b. Brooklyn, 1976)
A true artist whose edgy, omnivorous style was forged in the streets of Brooklyn through a practice of public performance art and experimental video that lead to the founding of his signature post-punk fashion and lifestyle label Bohemian Society. Victor Wilde’s interactive fashion performances and installations have headlined at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA Weekly’s Artopia and the OC Center for Contemporary Art.
Wilde founded fashion and lifestyle label The Bohemian Society in Downtown LA in 2003, where he continues to live, work, and produce his signature brand of post-punk couture. An emerging staple of international progressive fashion, Wilde’s designs and custom pieces can be seen everywhere from Tokyo Fashion Week to MTV to the avant-garde stage. With a background in visual and performance art, Wilde approaches fashion as an artistic undertaking, pursuing a combination of mixed-media design and hand-wrought craft, incorporating elements of painting, text, and sculptural assemblage into the fine-art clothing that bears his crest. Wilde sees fashion as the ultimate forum for a literally and metaphorically collaborative, interactive art form. When Wilde says he thinks of fashion as an art form, he doesn’t mean you should frame your clothes. He means he wants his clients to be delighted and surprised to encounter clothing that makes them feel the way art is supposed to make people feel -- smart and emotional and kindred to something outside themselves; reflective of something hidden and essential about the world; beautiful and dark with evidence of its how it was made inherent in the finished object; enduring, but of its time.
Currently he is working on a memoir about growing up in Brooklyn and becoming a street performer entitled, "Canarsie Kid".
"As a young man my great-grandfather set sail for America. He left his family and his father’s business and support behind, intent on becoming an artist. During the Depression, with little money and several children to support, Grandma would throw his sculptures from their 6th-floor tenement window because, “They were worthless and he needed a job.” He lost four fingers on his right hand to a metal press, quickly killing his artistic aspiration. The creative fire was extinguished for two generations until a little boy was born in Brooklyn and picked up his torch. I create. I make art. I have to. It boils in my blood. To create is divine. To inspire as I am inspired is my reason for living. To draw upon and contribute to our collective consciousness. Sexuality, biting satire, music, provocation, confrontation, self and societal reflection are all prevalent in my work. As a born and bred New Yorker I aim to add to the flames of such hometown heroes as Deborah Harry and Alan Vega, finding solace and inspiration in how they lifted the veil of hypocrisy on society as a whole. Knowing that real wealth comes with creating community, interaction, collaboration, experience, and legacy, I feel an undying love for the craft with a will to be different while making a difference. It’s the Wilde way."