WILLI SMITH’S fans loved the groundbreaking garments he made in the 1970s and 1980s. In fact, they loved them to bits. “People wore out their WilliWear,” explains Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, curator of the first major show of his work, “Willi Smith: Street Couture”, at the Cooper Hewitt museum in New York, which has just reopened after a covid-induced delay. The paucity of pieces in circulation may be one of the reasons it has taken so long for Smith to get the acclaim he deserves.
His influence is unquestionable. During a 20-year career, particularly as boss of his