Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Humor Chic Exclusive - THE DAILY STAR Lebanon Newspaper "Interview with aleXsandro Palombo"

Clooney and Alamuddin’s ‘Simpsonized’ amore
BEIRUT: George Clooney might be one of Hollywood’s most prominent actors but it’s his newly wedded wife who’s been getting the lion’s share of media attention after being iconized by an illustrator for her savvy fashion sense.
Clooney and Lebanon-born lawyer Amal Alamuddin were “Simpsonized” by Italian artist and illustrator AleXsandro Palombo, who praised Alamuddin’s timeless sense of style.
“It’s been years since we [saw] a celebrity wedding so perfect in beauty and elegance. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin are just like what the great couples of Hollywood movies were: intelligent, ironic and elegant,” Palombo told The Daily Star.
He said their enduring qualities inspired him to illustrate the couple.
“I wanted to immortalize their most important day, freeze it in time.”
Specifically, Palombo’s work was inspired by Alamuddin’s style, which her wedding weekend in Italy’s capital of romance Venice late September could attest to is both sophisticated and chic. “ Amal Alamuddin is a true icon of style. She’s elegant, but also a great example of the emancipation of women,” Palombo explained.
His illustration depicts the newly wedded pair on a boat called “Amore,” meaning love in Italian, in an effort to “immortalize” the couple’s eminent fashion moments.
“Amore,” named after the boat carrying the bride and groom at the wedding, is also the name of Palombo’s collection.
With Alamuddin’s choices of an Oscar de la Renta wedding dress for the big event, a Stella McCartney trouser suit for the civil wedding ceremony, a post-wedding floral short bell-skirted dress by Giambattista Valli, a red Alexander McQueen gown for the rehearsal dinner, and a black and white striped Dolce & Gabbana dress for the grand arrival in Venice, Palombo placed more emphasis on the bride’s wardrobe than on Clooney’s tuxedos.
“I gave her more prominence because she is a new and interesting figure in the international scene and her style is unique and chameleon-like,” Palombo said.
A contemporary artist who tackles social issues, Palombo’s work focuses on details that embody “true luxuries” that render objects precious and unique. This is apparent in the “Simpsonized” caricatures of Clooney and Alamuddin, where the latter’s dresses were drawn by the artist with a careful eye for motifs and color.
“It’s the details that make a work truly great, [and] allow us to dig into an image, [details] help us understand what’s behind [a piece and] understand its message.”
In his work, Palombo attempts to convey messages by portraying endemic and complicated social issues, such as domestic violence against women and anorexia, with the use of iconic animated characters from the “The Simpsons” to various Disney princesses.
Clooney and Alamuddin aren’t the first to be depicted as Simpson cast members.
With a mix of satire, humor, realism and surrealism, Palombo previously “Simpsonized” celebrities including the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Queen Elizabeth II, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
“I immortalize the subjects I choose through pop cartoons,” Palombo said, explaining his methods. “I choose the personalities that intrigue me the most. My work brings out the most beautiful and the ugliest sides of celebrity and in this series I’ve focused my eyes on beauty, and I’ve tried to make a point about the word ‘Love.’”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on October 08, 2014, on page 2.


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