Iké Udé, ‘Sartorial Anarchy #31’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

HAIR STYLE: Pharaoh Ramses II hairstyle, 1279-1213 BC STOOL: Vintage Bar-stool, United States, circa 1960s/70s STATUE: Ancient Egypt, the Head of a Statue of Amenhotep III (1388-1348 BC) Re-Carved for Ramses II
BOWTIE: Made from vintage seersucker, American, 2013 LAPEL PIN: Vintage green lacquered millinery fruit bunch, made in Japan, circa 1960s-1980s
SHIRT: French, 2011
JACKET: Velvet jacket, England, 1970s
TROUSERS: Yoruba, Nigeria, 1940s-1970s
SOCKS: France, 2004
SHOES: Vintage men‚ black and white Saddle shoe, Golf shoes, circa 1950s/1990s, United States
MUSIC INSTRUMENT: Bass Cornnamuse, Renaissance/16th century; reproduction, Gunter Korber, Berlin, stamped Gunter Korber, 1990s
VASE: Royal Crown Derby Enameled vase, 1891-1921, England FURNITURE: 19th century Louis XV Bronze Mounted Kindwood Commode, France

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