Women in the Art World
Stylist Patrick Mackie explains the merging of fashion and art on set of October's Gen W: The Artist is Present story featuring some of today's most influential, and yes female, artists.
Released on 9/18/2012
For W's October Issue,
I'm very excited to be shooting a portfolio
of six influential artists with Tom Munro.
I started by thinking about how,
especially how W merges fashion and art,
and I wanted to see these women as icons,
females that with the Dada and Surrealist,
and the Bauhaus Movement and created these iconic images,
they were almost muses.
I thought of past lovers and really influential women
that have contributed so much to art.
And I really wanted to picture these women in fashion
in strong environments surrounding with their works.
Rachel Feinstein, we photographed her in the studio.
We're very, very lucky to have some of the set
that she built for the Marc Jacobs Fall show.
When working with Kara Walker,
I looked very much at her stenciling
and how she's incorporating some of her work.
She cut this stencil of hands,
and I looked through the collections.
And Diane von Furstenberg, she had created a look,
which I thought was very much synonymous with what
Kara says in her art.
When she did Francesca, I looked at Serena's photography
and pictures taken by Cecil Beaton.
She became this Duchess of Windsor
in the red Tom Ford dress with the cape
with her up in the background being very surreal.
When teaching Josephine, we looked to the Bauhaus Movement
as inspiration for her photograph
and influences in her work,
and Tom Brown could make this amazing satin cage.
We also went into the home of Jeanne Greenberg,
who is a major gallerist, as the most inspiring home
filled with the most beautiful art.
It's really amazing to shoot this portfolio with Tom Munro,
and we've been very excited to see these women
shot as they've never been shot before,
and highly stylized, iconic, and wearing fashion.