Consider this project an eclectic mixtape, but rather than music, it’s focused around imagery. What started off as drawing commonalities between photos that have always inspired me began my project to juxtapose images that are not always necessarily similar in subjects, but have links in their coloring, shapes, and moods evoked. For me, a bulk of my inspirations and visions trace back to fashion; be it a SoundCloud discovery as a potential Balenciaga soundtrack, or a DMV line-up as an imagined setting for a shot by Mario Sorrenti for a Vogue Nippon editorial. I wanted the worlds of my inspirations, be it art, fashion or music to become more interconnected than ever and to create possible mood-boards that my treasured visionaries may have used when creating the very works that are now an integral core of my aesthetic vision.
1) Kelis in “Acapella” (2011) x Alexander McQueen for Givenchy (1999)
For Alexander McQueen’s fall/winter 1999 collection for Givenchy, the models were put in Perspex robotic bodies and the suits were so dangerous that if the models even sweat just a bit, they would be electrocuted. Nonetheless, the suits were intricate, and were paired with ivory pants with cyber prints and the suits were aligned with bright decoration lights and thick stitching, creating a color scheme that was in key with several of Kelis’s looks in her music video for “Acapella”. One look in specific (right), showed Kelis in ivory toned face paint and paired with a multi-layered necklace, a look much less dangerous than one of McQueen’s potentially fatal robo-suits.
2) Ji Lili x Sumatra
Though Ji Lili (left) is from China, this shot of her at a pageant in her home country during her pre-modelling years reminded me of many of the Indonesian beauty pageants my grandmother used to watch on TV. Going with the theme of Indonesia, I recalled photos from a Sumatran shop that sold hijabs, so I decided to pair both photos due to their bright colorings and linked tones.
3) Björk by Stefan Malzkorn (1994) x Yasumasa Morimura for Issey Miyake (1996)
In 1996, Issey Miyake commissioned Yasumasa Morimura as a guest artist to collaborate with him in creating prints for his “Pleats Please” collection. Yasumasa used his talent of appropriating Western art, and he transformed a print from “La Source” by Jean-Auguste Ingres. The red and grey polyester dress created by the duo is one that I imagine Björk in, especially in a photo shoot she did with with Stefan Malzkorn in 1994. where she frolicked around on a roof top garden.
4) Faye Wong in “Chungking Express” (1994) x Paz de la Huerta in “Enter the Void” (2009)
Gaspar Noé (Enter the Void) and Wong Kar-wai’s (Chungking Express) usage of neon-lit environments and allied stylistic influences create very visceral, but ethereal cinematography. Both directors paid much attention to visual style and used methods of formatting so poetic that you got an incredibly honest sense of location, since the effervescing styles are distinctive, hypnotic and captures the essence of metropolis.
5) Chanel (2000) x Maison Martin Margiela Duvet Coat (1999)
One-upping the trend of “pyjama as outerwear”, Maison Martin Margiela popularized bedding as clothing by introducing a duvet coat of white cotton filled with down, which also turned into a rectangular shape when folded to look like an actual store bought duvet. Carrying on the bedding movement a year later was Chanel, with Karl Lagerfeld designing a sleeping bag turned make-shift dress featuring side zippers to allow for an off the shoulder effect. Ultimately, both looks take “comfort comes first” to a whole new realm.