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) Madisyn Ritland backstage at Alexander McQueen (2009) x Katy Braitigan by Mark Mattock for i-D (1998)
McQueen’s spring/summer 2009 collection, an ode to Charles Darwin, paid homage to the animal kingdom and the natural world while not forgetting to integrate key couture sensibilities as seen in his choice of handmade face nets for each and every model. Under each net, the models hair were curled and crafted, then gelled to their faces in an angelic manner creating a wave like demeanor. McQueen however was not the first to do this look, a 1998 i-D magazine editorial netted Katy Braitigan but unlike McQueen’s execution, this version left Katy’s hair appearing like rays of lightning.
2) Carmen Kass by Kelly Klein (1999) x Alek Wek by Mark Mattock for i-D magazine (2000)
Two of my most sought after models, Carmen Kass and Alek Wek, come together in this set that has each model wearing crisp clothing while in the presence of glowing televisions. Carmen’s editorial (left) has her wearing a pure white Fendi shirt and knee-length skirt while gazing into the distance as if she’s been mind-controlled. Alek’s image, departing from the “we are the slaves of the objects around us” energy Carmen’s took features Alek lounging in a ruffled cardigan with all eyes pointed to the only source of lighting in the room, the television.
3) Naomi Campbell at Louis Vuitton (2008) x “The Virgin with Child” by Richard Prince (2011)
One of Marc Jacob’s most pivotal collaborations during his tenure for Louis Vuitton was with artist Richard Prince for the spring/summer 2008 collection. Richard Prince’s vision of naughty nurses slathered in dripping paints, faces obscured by surgical masks and hands occupied by oversized handbags were reinvisioned by Jacobs, enlisting 12 supermodels to open the runway show donning sheer lab coats hinting to the body clinging dresses worn underneath said coat.
4) Issey Miyake (1988) x MASSES magazine (2013)
Issey Miyake’s spring/summer 1988 menswear runway show transformed into a water park during the finale, with the models walking out in unison but then denying formal finale walking by jumping into the pools of water on both sides of the runway and playing in the water. The photo from MASSES magazine (beneath) can perhaps be imagined to be a continuation of the finale years before at Issey Miyake.
5) Federico Amoroso (2013) x Brad Pitt by Steven Klein for W magazine (1999)
In preparation to promote Fight Club, Brad Pitt covered the July 1999 issue of W magazine and starred in an along-side editorial shot by Steven Klein set in an underground tunnel. One shot of Brad has him wearing a mesh shirt with writing across the chest, a variation was worn by Federico Amoroso in a polaroid for his agency, Love! Models.