New York based painter Kehinde Wiley is venturing out into a new line of clothing in collaboration with designer Dapo Jamiu-Soyoye which was inspired by his paintings for men and women at the end of this year. According to SuperTouch, Wiley is known for his “highly detailed floral motifs as backgrounds for his intricate portraits is legendary.”
“In Nigeria I bought these amazing fabrics from open-air markets. I brought them back, photographed and sourced them for painting, then wondered what to do with them. I ended up working with the designer DAPO JAMIU-SOYOYE. You know that Michelin Man-style puffy coats? We made a series of those out of the fabrics and are going to sell them in a pop up store in New York in December ‘08 or January ‘09.”
The jackets are looking pretty dope, I like the women’s one a lot and the white faux fur (?) on the hood is so cute. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for more on this collection!
One more pic after the jump…