30 September 2013

bringing the drama

I know we're well past NYFW (my favorite day of fashion month already passed in Paris, too) but I thought it was important to showcase the work of Michael Doyle, from the Art Institute Show from NYFW this season. I wasn't feeling up to going so I asked Tayler to scope it out for me and I regret not going now if only for Doyle's work. It's very dramatic and beautiful and reminded me of my favorite illustrations for my favorite lady, Salome -- the Oscar Wilde retelling of the story. I've written about how much I love her for Rookie already

When I looked more into Doyle's inspiration, I wasn't even surprised. Verbatim:

My collection "Of a Neophyte" is inspired by the Art Nouveau artist Aubrey Beardsley. He was an early 20th Century artist from the UK who made grotesque and sexually charged paintings inspired by (or mocking) his aristocratic upbringing. My collection is inspired by costume and history, yet my personal level of creation and innovation makes the clothes very special and of a time not seen before. I stay as conceptual as possible and create clothing that is not a carbon copy of my inspiration.

Aubrey Beardsley was the illustrator for my favorite version of Salome. I remember flipping through Wilde's play in middle school and staring at how lethal and beautiful the illustrations were. I've always gravitated towards the gothic, I guess. Gothic women actually had FEELINGS, so know? Feelings like RAGE and bitterness and things I was feeling as a bullied marginalized girl in middle school who was questioning her sexuality and getting real tired of people calling me Chinese Chicken or Jackie Chan's little sister and then asking me to do their homework for them. Gothic women killed their men and looked fabulous doing it. I've always admired that. I still do, haha.

I think Doyle's interpretations are really beautiful and I wanted to share them because he's been overlooked a little, I think. Ok, I'm back to doing homework.  I'll talk to you soon -- I have so much to share!!! Much love.


Ana The Zeka said...

Needs more Beardsley.

Allison said...

This collection is incredible! I'll definitely watch out for more from Michael Doyle. On a side note, two of my friends are going as Salome and headless John the Baptist this halloween.

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Audrey said...

I really wanted to write about my Rookie event experience. Going to a Rookie event awhile back, I realized I was one of the few non-white people attending. Even though Rookie positions themselves as the ‘alterna-girl-all-inclusive magazine’ in contrast to the mainstream magazines, they clearly have their own tropes and cliches. Only instead of the designer bag, it’s replaced by flower crowns and vintage. The aesthetic caters to a suburban white girl who is heavily influenced by The Virgin Suicides and other pop culture references that are very white. A lot of teenagers/young women don’t necessarily identify with those references and wouldn’t feel included. How come there are no interviews on the website with Frank Ocean, Azealia Banks, Earl Sweatshirt, etc. who are doing amazing things with music? It’s disappointing because there is a lot of potential for the magazine but it still feels very inclusive towards a very white audience. It is positive that Rookie does try to have a diverse staff and your own posts are inspiring in regards to race and gender, but I just feel alienated from it.

Ria Michelle said...

The drama is exquisite.