Bless at Art Metropole (788 King West) to March 31. 416-703-4400. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
The real problem with princess Diana's dresses is that none of them were designed to hang off her ear. Luckily, Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag of Paris-Berlin art-design duo Bless have made such a garment. Heiss and Kaag design clever one-off fashion and home pieces that defy expectations. A shoe kit allows you to make your own shoes. A photo printed on a bedspread and pillows makes it look as though the bed is occupied. A tablecloth has built-in place settings, all of which can be laundered after a messy meal. A scarf contains tiny stereo speakers, one at each end.
What makes Bless good designers is that their work is elegantly functional. What makes them good artists is that their work is unexpectedly multi-functional.
As they say, it's stuff to "fuck up every style."
Perfect if you want to be more than not naked.