Iké Udé, ‘Sartorial Anarchy #33’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

HAIR STYLE: Personalized variation on the Afro hair-style, United States, 2013
CAPE: Catholic Church cape, date unknown
SHIRT: United States, 2012
NECKWEAR; 17th/18th century men‚ neckwear, France WAISTCOAT/VEST: British, 1890s
TROUSERS: Madras trousers, 1980s, United Sates SOCKS: United States, 2004
SHOES: British, 2000
FLUTE: Japanese Shakuhachi flute, date unknown, 2004 reproduction;
originally introduced to Japan from China in the 8th Century HAT: Men‚ vintage miniature Fedora, 1947-1964; Post WWII, early 1960s
BOX: Art Nouveau Reed & Barton sterling silver
heart-shaped box
TREE: Found miniature tree, New York, 2013, plus two cherries BIRD: Woodpecker
CARPET: Contemporary carpet, United States, circa 1990s/2000s
FLOOR: Bou Inania Madrasa, Fez, Morocco

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