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) Eugenia Volodina by Steven Meisel for Dolce & Gabbana (2003) x “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick (1968)
One of my most favorite Dolce & Gabbana campaigns, starring Eugenia Volodina, featured her lying about in a futuristic bedroom fixed with bed frames, light tubed flooring and exposed wiring. The austere set was reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”. With stark whites accented with reds and burn orange, Dolce & Gabbana’s campaign & Stanley Kubrick’s set design sits on the same design continuum.
2) “Army of Me” directed by Michel Gondry (1995) x An Oost by Jean Francois Lepage for Mixte (2001)
Björk’s collaboration with Michel Gondry for her “Army of Me” music video, in which a diamond that is wanted by all is placed in her mouth, the diamond, representing her creative energy which Björk feel like everyone is attempting to steal from her. The close-up scene where the diamond can be seen in her mouth in full view resembled an editorial for Mixte magazine in which An Oost held a pearl in her mouth.
3) “Spring Breakers” directed by Harmony Korine (2012) x “Millennium Mambo” directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou (2001)
Though Spring Breakers is a film I have never seen (and probably never will see to be quite honest), I appreciated many of the screenshots I have seen from the film, especially the scenes with loud neon lighting. However, a film that I have seen and would highly recommend and has plenty of neon lighting play is Millennium Mambo, which I paired with Spring Breakers.
4) Kylie Minogue’s “Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour” (2006) x Carmen Kass at Givenchy Haute Couture (2000)
Alexander McQueen’s collection for Givenchy fall/winter 2000 couture was an ode to party people of several generations. In one prime example of a disco inspired look, Carmen Kass wore a shimmering silver gown paired with a silver tinsel wig, a wig that is a favorite of Kylie Minogue and a staple in many of her tours.