Whether you know Stephen Sprouse by name or not, it’s likely he’s artistic influence has played a role in your life. Sprouse was among the first American designers to mix graffiti and punk aesthetics, starting work designing stage costumes for his neighbor, Debbie Harry. Never one to compromise artistic vision, Sprouse was readily embraced by his peers and escaped the trappings of the commercial world. In 2004, at age fifty, Sprouse passed away.
His legacy is remembered in The Stephen Sprouse Book releasing this January from Rizzoli. Compiled by Rodger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha, who worked closely with Sprouse’s family, the book includes photographs, sketches and interviews. Andy Warhol, Marc Jacobs and Iggy Pop are among those whose pictures and words help to celebrate the Sprouse legacy.
The book will release in stages, first on January 9 at Louis Vuitton Boutiques and the next week on Amazon. (Via Men.Style). A complimentary exhibition, Rock on Mars, will be on view at Dietch Projects as well.