Iké Udé, ‘SARTORIAL ANARCHY #8’, 2013, Leila Heller Gallery

HAT: Customized Turkish classic Fez with royal-blue tassel, 2009
HAIR: Canary-yellow dyed hair, 2012
SHIRT: Contemporary shirt, 2011, Italy
TIE: Black bowtie (untied) circa 1950s, France
GOWN: Nigerian men‚ gown with embroidered motifs, 1930s
TROUSER: Scottish tartan trousers, classic, 1950s
SHOES: Classic velvet slippers with embroidered
skull insignia
2001, England, United Kingdom
BICYCLE: Vintage Schwinn bicycle circa 1954, United States SCARF: Men silk scarf with fringe, United States, 1940s CUFFLINKS: Tourmaline Cabochon cufflinks in 9ct yellow gold, 2007 England, United Kingdom
CHAIR: Antique chair, origin and date unknown
CARPET: Antique Shiraz rug, Persia/Iran, 1900s

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