Consider this project an eclectic mixtape, but rather with music, it’s focused around imagery. So what started off as drawing commonalities between the gradient background of a Genghis Khan portrait and an image from a 1996 Issey Miyake runway show 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 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) Mini Anden at Chloé spring/summer 2000 x Alexander McQueen spring/summer 1998
Alexander McQueen’s spring/summer 1998 show, originally titled “The Golden Shower,” showcased McQueen’s abilities to find a balance between traditional and tailored clothing while carrying more risqué subtle themes. The show opened with suit jackets and trousers and as the show progressed and rain began to fall on the runway, the direction of the clothing shifted to shorter and fitted clothing that clung to the models’ bodies. The middle portion of the show had a series of chain halter tops that were more so body jewelry than garments itself. A few years later, Stella McCartney’s spring/summer 2000 collection for Chloé took the same sensual road McQueen did as Stella’s designs had intricate diamond-embroidered pieces and looks made entirely of 24-K gold chains.
2) Lucy Liu for Maxim (2002) x Unknown
I appreciated Lucy Liu’s gracefulness and poise in one of her photos from an editorial she did for Maxim as well as the coloring, so I put it together with a candid photo of a peacock roaming a hallway.
3) Da Vinci x “Chinese Blues” by Xin Xing
I’m unsure where the photo from the right came from, it’s some sort of contemporary amateur photo so I created a backstory of a Russian home with a documentary on Leonardo Da Vinci playing. Another piece that came with little info but similar composition with a blue screened television in front of a beige wall was “Chinese Blues” by Xia Xing.
4)Nagoya World Design Expo by Koichi Sato (1989) x Masako Otani by Irving Penn (1989)
Graphic artist Koichi Sato has since the 1970’s been meshing refined tastes and futuristic imagery, with vivid colors and spirituality crafted gradations to create representative posters, such as the one commissioned by the World Design Expo hosted by Nagoya in 1989. I imagined Masako Otani to be the face of the World Design Expo, hence the pairing.