georgia (and yohji) on my mind…

o “for me, a woman who is absorbed in her work, who does not care about gaining one’s favour, strong yet subtle at the same time, is essentially more seductive. the more she hides and abandons her femininity, the more it emerges from the very heart of her existence.”  (yohji yamamoto)

christopher springmann O’keeffe portrait

georgia o’keeffe (november 15, 1887 – march 6, 1986)

oh yes, everyone knows that, out of all designers, i like yamamoto the most. i watch, read, listen to… everything i find about him. then i let go it all, but i keep thinking how does he make clothes that even angels would like to wear… in which they would feel safe.

i think, i am almost certain that she would love to wear his clothes. she = georgia o’keeffe. i am convinced that she would wear it just like he imagined a woman obsessed with creation would wear it… after all, she has worn it. that’s it, right? fraternity of persons in space… paths cross for people of same energy at some point, even if they come from different periods…

yohji yamamoto, v&a museum, london, 2011

photo by dan budnik

georgia O’keeffe in santa fe, by photographer tony vaccaro for look magazine (1960)

georgia O’keeffe by laura gilpin, 1953

photo by john loengard, 1966

photo by cecil beaton

photo by yousuf karsh

photo by yousuf karsh

“why black? black is modest and arrogant at the same time. black is lazy and easy — but mysterious. it means that many things go together, yet it takes different aspects in many fabrics. you need black to have a silhouette. black can swallow light, or make things look sharp. but above all black says this: ‘i don’t bother you — don’t bother me!” (yohji yamamoto)

there’s something about black. you feel hidden away in it. (georgia o’keeffe)

photo by george f. mobley, national geographic

photo by eliot porter

i think it’s so foolish for people to want to be happy. happy is so momentary – you’re happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. (georgia O’keeffe)

“i think perfection is ugly. somewhere in the things humans make, i want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion.” (yohji yamamoto)

photo by ansel adams 1937

charlize theron, mario testinous vogue sept. 2009, homage to georgia O’keeffe,  ghost ranch, new mexico.


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