The Art of Dressing

Meet 6 women who live at the intersection of creativity and commerce.
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Yvonne Force Villareal: Cofounder, Art Production Fund

Giving voice, publicity and vital funding to contemporary artists the world over, Villareal’s non-profit is responsible for mounting large-scale, difficult-to-produce works in prestigious museums and public spaces (forklifts? Cherry pickers? No problem). Her love of fashion is as inclusive and expansive as her love of art. Here, pregnant with her second child, she embraces the season’s new evening look: the completely covered body, which on Villareal becomes sinuous and sculptural. Donna Karan New York rubberized lace evening dress, price on request; 866-240-4700 for stores. Jennifer Miller 18kt gold, diamond, quartz and topaz ring, $1,550; jennifermillerjewelry.com.
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Paula Scher: Graphic Designer, Fine Artist

As a designer, Scher has created everything from album covers to some of the most recognizable corporate logos of our time. Deemed a genius by her peers for her ability to fuse color and typography, she has won every award her field has to offer. As a fine artist, she has become increasingly well known for her microscopically detailed map paintings (pictured above). Naturally, she is just as detail oriented about what she wears, embracing tailoring’s latest turn: long and deconstructed. Zero + Maria Cornejo herringbone jacket, $729; double-stretch georgette top, $425; and herringbone pants, price on request; 212-925-3849. L.A.M.B. suede booties, $325; Nordstrom, 888-282-6060.
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Yancey Richardson: Owner and Curator, Yancey Richardson Gallery

Richardson has been championing young avant-garde photographers for 15 years, and her ability to identify an artist’s potential is legendary (her gallery’s first one-man show, by a then-unknown Sebastiao Salgado, was groundbreaking). Her clothes are as edgy as her taste in art, and she gravitates to anything that can be configured to her body. Case in point: this year’s "it" sweater-voluminous but fun to drape-paired with skinny metallic pants. Calvin Klein merino wool and acrylic sweater, $79; macys.com. Ports 1961 silk blend jacquard lamé pants, $1,090; 323-951-9696. Diego Dolcini leather wedges, $995; diegodolcini.it. Ippolita clear quartz stud earrings, $195; ippolita.com. Alexis Bittar metal bangles, $215 each; alexisbittar.com.
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Josephine Meckseper: Sculptor, Filmmaker

This German-born artist uses her work to put herself on the front lines of social discourse. Her frequent subjects: corporate greed, racial inequality and the tricky relationship among power, politics and propaganda (for example, a massive photo collage that marries oil pumps with military bunkers). Her personal style is equally striking. Here, schoolboy meets siren in a conspicuous mix of masculine and feminine, light and dark, classic and contemporary. Cynthia Rowley cotton and nylon sweater, $220; silk twill sleeveless henley, $195; and cotton twill shorts, $250; cynthiarowley.com. Giuseppe Zanotti leather booties, $795; 212-650-0455.
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Sarah Sze: Installation Artist

In Sze’s hands, the ordinary becomes the extraordinary: thousands of plastic water bottles (or cotton balls, ladders, electric fans, tea bags) get stacked, manipulated and grouped into massive sculptures that are often illuminated and sometimes motorized, like the one above. Sze is a tech geek of the first order, a woman happily working in a traditionally male medium. Her look-tough, modest, practical and in a narrow color spectrum of black to gray-eschews prettiness in favor of power. Galliano leather jacket, $1,085; New York Look, 212-297-0946. BCBGMAXAZRIA modal and spandex long-sleeve top, $108; bcbg.com. Banana Republic wool pants, $98; 888-277-8953. Cynthia Vincent leather boots, $250; shopbop.com. Linea Pelle collection leather belt, $150; lpcollection.com. Gurhan darkened silver studs, $200; Frederic Goodman Fine Jewelers, 866-740-0515.
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Lorna Simpson: Conceptual Photographer

Brooklyn-born Simpson has always been recognized as a pioneer: even when she was a grad student in the ’80s, her large-scale photograph-and-text works challenged conventional views of gender, culture and history. Today Simpson works in all mediums, and using the life of the African-American woman as her point of departure, she confronts stereotypes head-on. The dress-as-canvas is a logical choice for Simpson: its layers of color, design and texture create great depth. Isabella Oliver silk dress, $429; isabellaoliver.com. Louis Vuitton leather and textile sandals, $760; louisvuitton.com. House of Lavande cabochon and brass necklace, $848; 561-802-3737.

 

 

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