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Yayoi Kusama / Polkadots

CoolGene:

Polkadots have been big this year, I’ve seen them in nearly every garment and done in every scale possible this pass spring/summer and it’s a surefire to carry over to the fall season. This timeless print has been around for ages, but I personally believe that the resurgence of this spotted pattern is due to the popularity of world renowned avant-garde artist: Yayoi Kusama

Well known for her dense polkadot patterns, the now 83 year old iconic Japanese artist has been inspiring many since her arrival in NYC in 1957 where she took the avant-garde scene by storm. Top fashion houses worldwide have drawn many influences from her fine works of media, paintings, drawings, sculpture, film, performance and immersive installation. Many to the likings of Louis Vuitton who has been collaborating with Yayoi for years now and just recently released a collection inspired by her enticing polkadot patterns. 

Since then I grew much interest in Yayoi’s work, fortunately she’s been holding a two month exhibit featured at the Whitney Museum and outdoor installations throughout NYC, which I both have been to.  Bad news is, well If you haven’t seen it yet, her exhibit ends today - September 30th and then it’s sayonara. 

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For me it’s all about doing polkadots differently, I’m a little more out there with the steez so a shirt like this is the perfect reflection of my evolving style. I think Yayoi would approve of this mash-up of large and small polkadots, florals and argyle motifs all-in-one.

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As well as visiting her exhibit at the Whitney and her outdoor installations, Janine and I stopped by the Louis store on 5th ave to check out the collection and the window displays. 

I decided to shoot Yayoi’s work in black and white to emphasize the polkadots and to portray her anxiety, darkness and mystery in her work.

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CoolGene & J9

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"Guidepost to the New Space" installation at Hudson River Park’s pier 45. The bright red polka-dotted forms nestled in the grass like a herd of otherworldly abstractions, transforming the pier and its spectacular urban skyline.

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Janine takes a much simpler approach to polkadot patterns and just mixes it with another bold print to turn an ordinary print unordinary. Shirt and shorts from UO.

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From one great artist to the next, on the right Janine rocks a Keith Harring “DJ” print tee.

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This snapback right here by Profound Aesthetic has been crowned on me all summer long. It’s been my go-to hat!

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Rebecca Minkoff

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Louis Vuitton Building draped in Yayoi’s dots.

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Shaka!

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