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) Paco Rabanne couture (1997) x Givenchy couture by Alexander McQueen (2000)
Paco Rabanne has built a distinct identity with his signature usage of metallic materials, ranging from; mesh, chain mail, and silver plated coin motifs. His silhouettes however are not so distinct and rely heavily on signage to create identity. The silhouette used in his 1997 collection that featured a dress that was unofficially a tribute to chainmail wear, with a long drooping sleeve and snug hood with adornments hanging off. 3 years later, Alexander McQueen reinvented the look but with gold leaf print, cheetah print effect with sequins.
2) Issey Miyake published by Taschen (1995) x Junya Watanabe (2004)
Issey Miyake and Junya Watanabe “collaborations” are what I live for, so expect many more in future series. Both Miyake and Watanabe placed strong emphasis on an incorporating traditional Japanese art when contributing to the rise of Japanese fashion in Paris, as well as the forms and ideologies of modernism through channels of fiber and fabric technologies, visual imagery, and multi-dimensional sculptures in their designs. Stressing the importance of creating clothing that celebrates movement and navigation, both visionaries upped the ante with avant-garde fusions while paying tribute to true couture tailoring.
3) Colors Magazine #44 X Naomi Campbell At D&G (2003)
This set followed no greater comparisons between artists and visionaries, but it relied solely on color themes, as D&G and the “Colors” publication don’t have much in common.
4) Brandi Quiñones At Versace (1995) x Mary J. Blige (2001)
Mary J. Blige, especially early 2000’s Blige always took up the opportunity to attend public events in looks that are the very epitome of the word “look”. I imagined Mary in a Versace number that used the stretch metallic fabrics of a cropped halter top she wore to a promotional event in 2001.
5) “One Year War” For PS2 (2005) x Junya Watanabe (2000)
I decided to pair the representation poster for PlayStation2’s “One Year War” and a dress from Junya Watanabe’s “Techno Couture” collection because the juxtaposition was a fair game compare and contrast. Comparisons in the pigmentations of the hues of violets and colors neighboring on the color wheel, and a contrast in the soft nature of Miyake’s dress, as opposed to the jaggedness of a killing warship created by Nippon Sunrise studios.