Iké Udé, ‘Sartorial Anarchy #20’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

HEAD GEAR: Vintage/1930s Rawlings PL50 Boxing Wrestling Hockey Helmet Head Gear and Doctor Surgical style scrub cap, 2013
DRESS/GOWN: Traditional Chinese men‚ dress 18th century to present (as worn in the movie North, 1994)
FIGURINE: French Ormolu Boudoir Candelabra Lamp mounted with Geisha Figurine and Porcelain flowers, 1920s
OPERA GLASSES: 19th century, French Abalone Shell Opera Glasses by Colmont with Lorgnette handle
SEMANIERS: Louis XVI style Marquetry stacked Commodes or Semaniers, 18th century
SHOE-HORN: Vintage Etonic shoe horn, Mass., United States CUFFLINKS: Vintage Art Deco cufflinks, red Bakelite silver chrome modernism, 1920s
SHOES: Belgian velvet loafers/slippers
BED: 21st century
BED-SPREAD: Patch-doll quilt with antique fabric, United States CARPET: Antique/traditional Persian
BOOK: FEET-ISHISM, Hans-Jufgen Dopp, Parkstone Press Ltd, New York, United States, 2001

About Iké Udé

With his ongoing photographic self-portrait series “Sartorial Anarchy”, wherein he is dressed in varied costumes across geography and time, Nigerian-born Iké Udé explores a world of dualities: photographer/performance artist, artist/spectator, African/post-nationalist, mainstream/marginal, individual/everyman, and fashion/art. Conversant with the world of fashion and celebrity, Udé offers a new take on aspects of performance and representation, melding his own theatrical selves and multiple personas with his art. “By mixing varied costumes in concert with the now and then,” he has said, “we begin to realize how arbitrary, subjective, fleeting, even absurd—no less wonderful—our ‘real’ cultural construct is.” Udé plays with the ambiguities of the marketplace and art world, particularly in his notorious art, culture, and fashion magazine, aRUDE and style blog,theCHIC INDEX. His articles on fashion and art have been published in magazines and newspapers worldwide, and Vanity Fair included him on their International Best Dressed List in 2009 and in 2012.

Nigerian, b. 1964, Lagos, Nigeria, based in New York, New York