In this series of original images for New York Magazine, artist Kehinde Wiley revisits his muses — the unique group of women he chose to depict in his first formal attempt at painting portraits of women in his unique style. Until then, Wiley had been known for his portraits of men.
Wiley cast a group of women from all walks of life, including a mother of 2, an art teacher, a nurse, and a corrections officer.
“I knew that I wanted to cast a broad net and not go within the fashion-world-model look. I wanted women who had a sense of self-possession and a kind of haughtiness that you can just pick up on.”
The muses sport spring 2015’s hottest looks from designers like Erdem, Chloe, and Rodarte in opulent, yet slightly fantastical settings.