Iké Udé, ‘Sartorial Anarchy #27’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

COAT: Revolutionary war/Pirate Buccaneer Swashbuckler circa 1500s; 1700‚ nobleman tunic
HAT: Fulani, Nigeria and West/North Africa
HAT ACCESSORY: Customized Anglo-British massive safety-pin NECK WEAR: Bow-tie, 1970s, America
BELT: Army Officer leather belt with shoulder strap, Soviet Union, WWII, 1940s
TROUSERS: American Levi Jeans, 2000
SOCKS: Italian football/soccer socks, 2010
SHOES: Spectator shoes, American, 1920s
CANES: Walking canes, 1900s - 1960s
STAFF: Yoruba/Nigeria, 1930s-1950s
ASHTRAY: Vintage American Buffalo/Bison hoof copper ashtray taxidermy, 1950s
UMBRELLA HOLDER: Ceramic umbrella holder, circa 1895- 1930s, Britain
CARPET: Antique Tabriz carpet, circa 1800s, East Azerbaijan province, West of Iran
FURNITURE: Rosewood Regency Tea Caddy with brass overlay in sarcophagus form with velvet-lined locking lid, 19th century, England/Britain

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