Iké Udé, ‘Sartorial Anarchy #26’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

COAT: Gray Loden wool men‚ jacket, Austria, Winter Hunting riding sport jacket, 1842 to present
BOOTS: Vintage red brown leather tall custom lace-up riding Rocketeer style boots, 1950s-70s
TROUSERS: Men‚ Riding Jodhpurs/Men‚ Horse Riding Breeches, Anglo-Indian, circa 1920s-30s
SHIRT/TIE: Shirt and tie pair, British, 1990s
HAIR PIECE: Ibo Nigerian head/hair piece, circa 1800/1900s
NET: Butterfly net, United States, 2013
PIN: Vintage Millinery fruit cherries, 2012, United States

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