This week's New York Magazine Fashion issue features an article with Kehinde Wiley, a highly regarded artist with a worldwide following, and an upcoming retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum.
Wiley is famous for painting classically inspired portraits of contemporary black men with dazzling results. In 2011 he completed a series with 7 black women - "over the next several months, Wiley photographed them, had them fitted for haute couture gowns by Riccardo Tischi at Givenchy, then painted them large scale, in works modeled after French and British portraits from the 18th and 19th centuries."
For New York Magazine, Wiley updated those paintings with six of the original women modeling gowns from the Spring/Summer 2015 collections. The backgrounds are staged "to seem both out of time and sumptuously of the moment." A unique and beautifully styled fashion layout that I just had to share.
Both quotes are from the article by Thessaly La Force. Entire article...