Stormzy made waves at Glastonbury Festival 2019 not solely for his efficiency centered round his soon-to-be-released Heavy Is The Head album, however for his wardrobe choice. The rapper commissioned the ever-mysterious Banksy to design a stab-proof vest with the United Kingdom’s Union Jack flag spray painted throughout the entrance. Now that very vest has been nominated for the prestigious Beazley Designs of the Year Award. The winner can be introduced by London’s Design Museum subsequent month.
Stormzy and Banksy’s vest is one of 74 nominees and comes with Banksy’s personal description as, “succesful of stopping bullets as much as .45 calibre and is absolutely stab proof, but not machine cleanable.” Stormzy wore the vest to touch upon the inflow of knife crimes in Britain. During his Glastonbury efficiency, Stormzy additionally utilized his headline spot to talk on the injustices of younger Black youth being focused by a biased judicial system.
“This 12 months’s exhibition explores key moments in design from January 2019 to the second world consideration shifted in late January 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic took maintain — the chosen initiatives reply to pressing questions of inequality and censorship, well being and sanitisation, and the ongoing prospects of design and know-how,” Tim Marlow, the director of London’s Design Museum informed the Evening Standard not too long ago. There’s additionally one other notable nominee: the design know-how created to rework Robert De Niro and Al Pacino’s respective ages in the Martin Scorsese movie The Irishman.
Earlier this week Banksy formally confirmed by means of his Instagram account that he was the artist behind a brand new mural of a lady hula-hooping with a tire noticed exterior a magnificence salon in Nottingham, England. His Girl with Ballon & Morons Sepia 2007 work additionally garnered £1,232,500 GBP (approx. $1,598,060 USD) at public sale this week.
Stay tuned for extra updates relating to the Beazley Designs of the Year Award winner in the close to future. In associated information, Stormzy appeared on Headie One’s latest star-studded album EDNA.