Last fall we asked 3 women who embody the ethos of our brand – and the trailblazing temperament of our founder – to share their thoughts about modern femininity. This season we continue to explore the subject with 3 equally accomplished and multi-faceted subjects: artist/designer Susan Ciancolo, author/poet Yrsa Daley-Ward and model/activist Lily Olsen (needless to say, their skills extend beyond the duality of their careers). All were photographed in NYC by a fellow creative-disrupter, Annemarieke Van Drimmelen – and all are not only rewriting the rules of their industries, but also the rules of what it means to be a woman today.
While professionally Susan Cianciolo often goes by “fashion designer” or “artist” it’s difficult to call her one or the other — as an innovator in both spaces her work defies traditional definition. She made a name for herself in the ‘90s, showing her imaginative clothing designs in presentations that mirrored art exhibits. Calling these, “Runs,” she began her career by subverting traditional definitions of fashion and art and continues to do so to this day. Most recently her mixed media works have been on display at the Whitney Biennial and the Bridget Donahue gallery in New York City.
At only 24-years old, Lily Olsen has already created quite a prolific career, tackling subjects of “otherness” and the experience of women through multidisciplinary art projects. Additionally she’s one of the most in-demand fashion models right now. Her work ranges from photography to sculpture to social activism.