Edited by Iké Udé, The Chic Index, launched this April 2011 began in print in 1999. Mr Udé, is an artist, aesthete, writer and the founder of aRUDE magazine, in 1995. He is the author of Style File: the World’s Most Elegantly Dressed, published by Harper Collins in 2008. Style File is a remarkable volume that profiles more than 55 of the most influential arbiters of style in the world today. With a foreword by Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at F.I.T., and an introduction by Harold Koda, curator-in-charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this beautifully designed book provides an intimate perspective on these unique and influential men and women, offering frank insight to their views on fashion and life through evocative interviews and lush photography.
Included among the many notable designers, artists, and public figures are Diane von Furstenberg, Dita Von Teese, Isabella Blow, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Victoire de Castellane, Hamish Bowles, Amy Fine Collins, André Leon Talley, Oscar de la Renta, Francesco Clemente, John Galliano, Christian Louboutin, Lapo Elkann, Frédéric Malle, and many others. This comprehensive, gorgeous book is a rich exploration of personal style that belongs in every well-dressed library.
Now on blogosphere, Iké returns with The Chic Index: a curated survey of stylish individuals—an exquisite democratization of his book, Style File. This unique blog allows for a broader global survey of individuals with distinct individualized styles to be celebrated and rated accordingly by an interactive audience participation.
As an artist, Udé’s work is in the permanent collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of Art, and in many private collections; he’s exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions; reviewed in The New Yorker, Art in America, Flash Art, the New York Times. His articles on Fashion and art have been published in magazines and newspapers worldwide. And more of his work can seen at: <ikeude.com>
Vanity Fair included him in their International Best Dress List, in 2009. He lives and works in New York City.
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