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) “ME #5” by Inez & Vinoodh (1998) x Colette Pechekhonova by Inez & Vinoodh for Balenciaga (1998)
Two shining examples of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s work are seen here in a campaign for Balenciaga circa 1998 and a commissioned photo for an exhibition (also from 1998). Both photos feature the models propped upright on a pink blanket while their hair grasps onto the pillow behind them, allowing for a truly austere and drama-filled photo.
2) Miu Miu by Norbert Schoerner (1999) x ”2000-1: Maison Martin Margiela” by Maison Martin Margiela (1999)
Plants—particularly areca palm plants—should be essential to any sartorial photo. A Miu Miu campaign from 1999 is paired with an outtake from one of many of Mark Borthwick’s collaborations with Maison Martin Margiela.
3) Louise Pedersen by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia (2003) x Sibyl Buck by Charlie Engman in AnOther Magazine (2014)
Perhaps an incredibly direct homage to Steven Meisel, this editorial in AnOther Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2014 issue mimicked a Vogue Italia story that came 11 years earlier. Bright carpets, ill-constructed drapes and calculated poses made for two works that sit on the same continuum.
4) “Suzhou River” by Lou Ye (2005) x “Rotonde rue de la Roquette Paris 11eme” by Paolo Roversi (1999)
A “candid” still from Lou Ye’s “Suzhou River” reminded me of a Vogue Italia story titled “Rotonde rue de la Roquette Paris 11eme” photographed by Paolo Roversi in his signature black and white—a series of models dressed as everyday city folk as seen from an apartment balcony location.