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) Emma Xie by Sophie Delaporte for Vogue China (2014) x Björk by Gate Garner (1996)
Björk’s 1996 underwater shoot by Kate Garner comes to life again in 2014 with little to none variation from the original. Red dress, dark hair, and of course the bluest of the blue water come together for a rebirth of a very breathtaking photo-shoot.
2) Lucy Liu for Maxim (2002) x Unknown
One of the most underrated actresses of our time, Lucy Liu presents poise and power in an early 2000 photo she did for Maxim. The body arrangement evocation as well as the clean tones of the photo were why I paired Lucy with this candid photo of a peacock roaming a hallway.
3) “Paris Views” by Gail Albert Halaban (2014) x “Window Watching” by Michael Wolf (2013)
New York-based photographer Gail Albert Halaban idea to look into windows of homes started years ago when she wanted to contrast the public versus the private through a photo project (with people’s consent of course) which has now been done by Michael Wolf who took his project to various cities in China.
4) Erwin Blumenfeld for Vogue March 1945 x Raquel Zimmermmann by Enrique Badulescu for Vogue Paris (2000)
For the March 15, 1945 issue of Vogue, German photographer Erwin Blumenfeld shot this model posed behind a translucent glass that was covered in the Red Cross symbol as she wore blue and red tones. Perhaps a more British spin on this photo can be seen in this editorial starring Raquel Zimmermann (right) in which she bears red crosses in the form of glasses but still keeping the same color scheme as the photo on the left.