A chicly disheveled Meghan Collison is looking perfectly ambivalent and beautiful in a shoot for Vogue Japan‘s January 2014 issue, shot by Mark Segal. It’s titled “Portrait of an Artist” after the Hamlet-like James Joyce protagonist Stephen Dedalus, but with the transcendent appearance of a painted crown, it certainly takes cues from the late graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Styled by Heathermary Jackson, Collison pairs loose, messy locks with masculine and feminine garb alike; she wears baggy pinstriped pants and a loose-fitting striped jacket in one photo, and she dons a delicate pastel sweater and a thick, pink plaid woolen coat in another. Though not claiming any one type of identity in this shoot, Collison can accurately be described as an artist as the title suggests, though not one of James Joyce’s era.
Basquiat’s scrawled crowns reminds us almost of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, especially when Collison wraps the drawing around her head. And though she sports some less prissy ensembles in this shoot, she certainly claims her femininity, most aptly in the photo in which a drawing of a face with a golden crown on its head is accompanied by the crossed-out word “king,” below which is written “queen.” This shoot is simple, playful, and seemingly effortless. Well done, Vogue.
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