Iké Udé, ‘SARTORIAL ANARCHY #5’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

HAT: Miniature fedora, 1920s
WIG: Macaroni wig, England 1850s
CANE: Zulu (South Africa) fighting stick, 1950s
JACKET: Norfolk jacket 1859/1860 to present
BROOCH: Miniature blue/silver vintage brooch of Philadelphia policeman, circa 1940s
SHIRT: French-cuff, two-tone white & blue collar shirt, 2009 SPATS: Canvas boot spats, WWI, 1900s
SHOES: Dress shoes, 1970s
TROUSERS: Yoruba, Nigeria, 1940s
CHAIR: Antique chair, origin unknown
FLOWER: Gladiolus
TABLE: Vintage side-table, origin unknown
CARPET: Antique Blue Gabbeh rug, circa 1900s/1930s, Persian/Iran

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