Victoria Bartlett is a British-born designer and stylist. She graduated from the London College of Fashion. Her career began in design, illustration, and brand consultancy for a prestigious portfolio of brands and designers, including Miu Miu, Versace, DKNY, Moncler, Lacroix, Calvin Klein, and Theory. Bartlett gained accolades styling for Björk, Madonna, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Chloe Sevigney, Pharrell Williams, and Venus Williams. She was Fashion Editor at Allure magazine prior to becoming Fashion Director for Interview and BIG Magazine. She has created fashion editorials for i-D, Numéro, V, French, Italian, and L'Uomo Vogue. In the Fall of 2003, Victoria branched out on her own as the sole designer and originator of VPL. This award-winning line filled a niche between lingerie and sportswear with utilitarian, stylish garments that were meant to be mixed, matched, and layered. Merging comfort, functionality, and fashion, VPL positioned itself well as an everyday uniform for a sophisticated, multi-faced clientele. The line grew in the high-end contemporary collection, and in 2013 it extended into fashion active with the addition of swim, shoes and accessories, with collections sold in more than 25 countries with hundreds of retail partners and a flagship store in SOHO.
Victoria exited VPL in February 2016 to embark on new projects: She is currently consulting a new fashion active line with Stella Ishi and will preview for S/S 2018. Recent costuming projects include costuming for Maria Hassabi’s Staging (2017), Staging Solo (2017) performances as part of Documenta 14 at Kassel, dates June 23-25. Walker Arts Center,Minneapolis as part of Merce Cunningham, CO:MM:ON TI:ME, for Maria Hassaba’s Staged and Staging (2017) duration February 2017. Staged “At the Kitchen” as part of Crossing The Line Festival, Oct 2016 A collaboration with Artist Kai Althoff for an installation at MOMA, Costuming for Emery Lecrone, “The Most Inner Part of Something” in The New Ballet festival at the Joyce Theatre, Designing the underpinnings for Scarlett Johansson as a manga girl in “Ghost In The Shell.”
More artistic collaborations include: • Costumer, Ugo Rondinone, “A horse with no Name,” and the Public Art Fund in City Hall Park “the Lightness Of Being” 2013 • Costumer, John Giorno’s film ‘”Thanks for Nothing” at the Palais de Tokyo exhibition: “I Love John Giorno” October 2015. • Curator and Catalog Author, ‘Second Skin’ featuring 14 artists including Sarah Lucas, Ugo Rondinone, Jack Pierson, Adam McEwan, Collier Shore, Philip Lorca Di Corsia 20121999 Participated in the Brooklyn Anchorage Exhibition presented by Creative Time called “Exposing the meaning in Fashion through Presentation", curated an installation called Loud & Unhinged with film director Douglas Keeves, art director Richard Pandiscio and set designers Big Room.
2002 Designed the clown sculptures for Ugo Rondinone's exhibition If There Were Anywhere But Desert at Mathew Marks Gallery
2005 Participated in the FutureFashion's kickoff event for Christo and Jean-Claude's installation of The Gates in Central Park to benefit the Earth Pledge foundation
2009 Curated "A Candid look at the Anatomical fascination of Visible Panty Line" with Susanna Cucco and Gloria Capeletti at Gallery Dopolavoro in Milan
2011 Curated the show Squat with Orly Genger hosted by Yvonne le Force Villareal of Art Production Fund and Clarissa Dalrymple
2011 Designed costumes in latex for a special performance installation at Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet with choreographer Benoit Swan
2011 Collaborated with choreographer Emery LeCrone and Avi Scher for Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum set to the music of Pulitzer Prize composer Elliott Carter
2011 Participated in the sartorial exhibition Limited/Unlimited conceived by Silvia Venturini Fendi and curated by Susanna Cucco in Rome
2012 Curated the group show Second skin with 14 artists including Ugo Rondinone, John Giorno, Sarah Lucas, Genesis P-Orridge, Collier Schorr, Jack Pierson, Adam McEwen, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, David Armstrong, Judith Eisler, Jessica Mitrani, Shoplifter, Mark Borthwick and Katerina Jebb
2012 Winner of the CFDA/Lexus Eco Challenge
2013 "Lightness of Being" live clown sculpture collaboration with Ugo Rondinone for the Public Art Fund in City Hall Park