Consider this project an eclectic mixtape, but rather than music, it’s focused around imagery. 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 juxtaposing images that are not necessarily similar in subject, but have links in their coloring, shapes, and evoked moods. For me, the bulk of my inspiration and vision trace back to fashion, be it a SoundCloud discovery as a potential Balenciaga soundtrack or a DMV lineup as an imagined setting for a shot by Mario Sorrenti for Vogue Nippon. I wanted the worlds of my inspirations — art, fashion, music — to become more interconnected than ever and to create possible mood boards that my treasured visionaries might have used when creating the very works that are now an integral core of my aesthetic vision.
1) Parker Posey on the red carpet (1997) x Gucci (1997)
Parker Posey showed up to a red carpet event for “The House of Yes” in a Gucci slip dress, but instead of wearing the coat worn on the runway with said slip dress, she opted for a Moschino coat that though was identical to the Gucci coat on the runway, was actually from years before. As for the runway look (right), the slip dress Parker wore is shown though the coats in both images though they seem identical, are from different houses.
2) Tyson Beckford by unknown (2001) x Shalom Harlow at Anna Sui (1997)
A quintessential late 90’s/early 2000’s staple, “Hawaiian” print fabrics were all the rage and though they seem like a statement that would never be left off the runway is quite untrue because Anna Sui’s spring/summer 1998 collection was decked out in these famed prints.
3) Naomi Campbell at Christian Dior haute couture (1997) x Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Lil’ Kim at the MTV Video Music Awards (1997)
Naomi Campbell’s heavily gold plated look at Christian Dior fall/winter 1997 couture could have easily been worn by Lil’ Kim or Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards or vice versa.
4) “Line” by Irena Sowinska Galli (2011) x Katlin Aas at Givenchy haute couture (2009)
“Line” by Irena Sowinska Galli depicts the rehearsal of a performance in honor of “Samjinnal” (Coming of Spring Festival) in South Korea. The ombre “white to orange-red” gowns worn by the performers are similar to one by Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy fall/winter 2009 couture.