2011 Puma commissioned Harris Elliott Studio to devise a series of concepts to help promote and market the Jamaican team for London 2012. The consultancy results were so on point that they asked the studio to art direct and style for their global press campaign featuring Usain Bolt. The artist Barry Kamen Harris travelled to Jamaica to work closely with Cedella Marley (designer of the 2012 Olympic kit). The development of this project resulted in, Harris Elliott Studio collaborating with House of Flora to create 100 perspex visors for the Jamaican team for the Olympic Games opening ceremony and a series of unique merchandise items.
Harris Elliott and Dean Chalkley created Return of the Rudeboy, the overwhelmingly successful, photographic installation, a 10 week show which spanned 6 rooms at London’s Somerset House in 2014. A fully immersive exhibition which featured a live barbershop, film, music and 3D installations. Elliott & Chalkley documented 60 individuals in London, that embody the 21st century definition of what it means to be a “Rudeboy”, the original term heralding from Jamaica in the 1950’s.
The exhibition has since toured to Tokyo, where they launched the accompanying coffee table book at Bookmarc, Marc Jacobs, in Harajuku. The project continues to tour to other influential global cities.
“Punk found fans in Japan in the early 80’s, the world was in a state of ux and the reactionary appeal of the British punk attitude appealed to the young impressionable kids in Japan. Punk gave the youth a way out of the Japanese system, and heavily promoted self expression for those who felt different.”
Titled ‘Punk in Translation’ and produced in partnership with avant-garde leather label Blackmeans as part of the Leather Japan initiative, the curator has tapped photographers Yusuke Yamatani, Tasuo Suzuki and Naoya Matsumoto to exhibit. Clash Magazine.
If there’s one thing in music that has withstood the test of time, it’s the band T-shirt. And so, to celebrate 40 years
of music through T-shirts, Propa Tee put on an exhibition during Tokyo Fashion Week at the Galaxy Gallery in Shibuya. Propa Tee was born in June 2017 as a collaborative project between M.I.A, Gorillaz producer Remi Kabaka and visual storyteller Harris Elliott, with the rst exhibition coming
to life as part of MIA’s Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre.
Much like the original exhibition in London, the show’s international debut in October was comprised entirely
of T-shirts from various personal collections. In addition, the Tokyo exhibition served as the stage for a new T-shirt collaboration between iconic British fashion designer Katharine Hamnett, known for her infamous “Choose Life” T-shirt and being one of the catalysts for slogan T-shirts in general and Propa Tee.
HARRIS ELLIOTT STUDIO
London’s leading cultural curator.
A boutique creative studio led by Harris Elliott – Visual Storyteller. Making Culture Relevant – is the studio creative mandate. We remix various cultural, visceral and analogue narratives to exist in a digital world, whilst embracing physical and print.
Communicating to new and existing audiences, with a multi platform approach. Exhibitions, Creative Direction, Design, and Style projects for international audiences, focussing on art, fashion, luxury and music.
Based in London, with a long history of working in Japan. The ethos of working internationally whilst thinking like locals so that our creations are targeted and affects those we intend to reach.
“Whenever I work with Harris he always innovates and compliments what I do musically with style.”
“TAKEO KIKUCHI collection in 2015, it turns dramatically successful by Mr. Harris Elliott. Clothes I design mixes with his keen sense and gives new breath, that fusion of creative between us created a perfect and cool collection.”
“That show reminded people to our memory when we had collection in 1985 with Ray Petri.”
“2015年のTAKEO KIKUCHIの コレクションは、ハリス・エ リオット氏によって劇的に完 成された。 私がデザインした服達に、ハ リスの鋭い感性が新しい息吹 を吹き込み、融合されパーフ ェクトでクールなコレクショ ンになった。
1985年に行ったTAKEO KIKUCHIのコレクション、 故レイ・ペトリ氏とのコラボ レーションの再来になった。”
“Harris Elliott is a true talent. He designs, curates, styles, creates, and is a gentleman with it.”
Vanessa Kingori MBE, British Vogue Publisher
Adidas / Atlantic Records / BBC / Boudicca / British Airways / By Walid / CA4LA / Converse / Dover Street Market / Dr.Martens / Edition Hotels / Enharmonic Tavern / Fred Perry / Griffin / GQ / High Snobiety / Hublot / i-D / Julius / Karl Donoghue / LVMH / Maharishi / Man About Town / Marks & Spencer / New Era / Nike / Norwegian Rain / Onitsuka Tiger / Paul Smith / Picador / Pop Magazine / Puma / Rosemount / Selfridges / Somerset House / Sony / Southbank / Takeo Kikuchi / Thom Browne / Warner / Universal / Zozo
Afrikan Boy / Amerie / Benjamin Clementine / Big Youth / Damon Albarn / Erykah Badu / Dizzee Rascal / Eva Green / Ewen Mcgreggor / Gillian Anderson / Gorillaz / James McAvoy / John Legend / Joseph Fiennes / Kano / Kasabian / Kate Tempest / Kelly Rowland / Mark Ronson / M.I.A / Miyavi / Nelly Furtado / N*E*R*D / Pharrell Williams / Rudimental / Scarlett Johansson / The Script / Yadi /
Return of the Rudeboy Somerset House, London 2014 / Return of the Rudeboy, Laforet, Tokyo 2015 / Return of the Rudeboy, Hospital club, London 2015 / Punk in Translation, London 2016 / Miniclick, Brighton 2017 / Propa Tee, Meltdown, Southbank, London, 2017 / Propa Tee, Space Gallery, Tokyo, 2017
Return of the Rudeboy, Dean Chalkley x Harris Elliott
Showstudio 2019 / Roundhouse 2019 /The Design Museum, London, 2018 / Birmingham City University, 2018 / Miniclick Exhibition, Brighton 2017 / Creative Social, London 2017 / The Photographers Gallery, 2016 / Birmingham City University, 2016 / Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016 / St Martins school of Art, 2015 / Somerset House, 2014 / University of South Wales, 2018 /
Royal College of Art, Associate Lecturer, 2016–ongoing
Let Them Eat Chaos, Kate Tempest, Nominated for album artwork of the year, 2017