WILSON ‘MRWILSONDJ’ CHAN
Chan is the design director of MAO MAG and was instrumental in the overall
look of the magazine. Chan is also a fashion music producer widely known
for his soundtracks to runway shows. Producing soundtracks for Gucci,
YSL, Tuleh, Derek Lam, Peter Som, and Gary Graham and many others. Experience
the world of MRWILSONDJ at www.mrwilsondj.com.
Photographer Mike Ruiz, who’s shot Lindsey Lohan, Lil Kim, Ricky
Martin, Jessica Biel, Britney Murphy, Dolly Parton, 50 Cent, Jennifer Garner,
kirsten Dunst, and Vin Diesel among others, has also directed music videos
for Traci Lords, RuPaul, Kristine W, EX03, and Tony Moran. He is currently
in production for his feature film directorial debut. His photography has
appeared in Interview, Vanity Fair, Citizen K, Conde Nast Traveler, Spanish
and Brazilian Vogue. He is also the co-founder of Miauhaus Photo Studio
Complex in LA. www.mikeruiz.com
Aaron Cobbett brilliantly (and may we add, very patiently) photographed the new crop of emerging
designers in today’s fashion industry for this issue of MAO MAG.
His work has appeared in various publications including Dazed and Confused,
Glamour, Interview, tetu, Vouge and Vanity Fair.
A true "Dandy" in every sense of the word, Patrick McDonald was
born in Germany and raised in California before moving to NYC in 1978 in
the heyday of Studio 54, Fiorucci, and all things glittery. He is
the lifestyle editor of Arude and a freelance fashion writer for various
Sara Stewart was Born and raised in Coco Beach, Fl. At a very young age
Sara's passion for the art of makeup developed as she realized it's transforming
effect not only externally but internally as well. She packed up
everything she owned, drove herself to New York City. She started her
career working with famed makeup artist Sharon Gault. Since then
she's worked with some of the fashion industries top designers from Valentino
to Issac Mizrahi.
A MAO MAG favorite since our first issue, Ewalt has made digital imagery his media since 1992,
combining his love for mythology, rock & roll
and red light districts. His work has appeared on countless CD covers,
magazines, posters, coffee table books and phone cards. For this
issue Scott created portraits of Camilla Nickerson, Michael Musto, the
editors of this magazine, and Nina Hagen. www.ewaltimaging.com
As worldly as his travel itinerary with M.A.C. Cosmetics, chief make-up
artist Gordon Espinet lives a gloriously hectic and eclectic existence,
topping up his life of style, fashion, pop culture, and the occasional
off-duty mojito witha broad interest in all aspects of life. For this
issue, Gordon interviewed blonde bombshell Pamela Anderson.
Left Oklahoma and traveled twice around the world. In the 1950’s
and 60’s skating in ice shows. Leaving the frozen stage in 1967 he
stopped for 3 days in NYC - and stayed for 25 years. His Chelsea photo
studio became a magnet for such performers as Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune,
Shirley Mac Laine, Brian Boitano, and Divine. His ground-breaking 1972
book of male nudes, HE and current Roy Blakey’s 70s Male Nudes prove
his mastery of that subject. Celebrating his 75th birthday this year Roy
works in his Minneapolis studio and curates The IceStage Archive, his world-class
collection documenting the history of theatrical skating.
Danny Evans emigrated from Toledo, Ohio to NYC in the early 90's. He is
a photographer and artist whose work has been published in House & Garden,
Wallpaper, and now MAO.
Jack Mitchell was born in Key West, Florida and spent 45 years (1950-1995)
in New York City photographing famous creative and performing stars of
the Arts world. The New York Times, Dance Magazine, After Dark Magazine,
along with other national and international publications featuring the
Arts were the showcases for his photography. The latest of his four coffee-table
photography books, ICONS & IDOLS, spawned a137 print exhibition of
the same name which is currently touring the United States. Filmmaker
Craig B. Highberger has completed filming of a documentary Jack Mitchell:
My Life is Black and White scheduled for release in 2006. The portraits
of Joe Dallesandro, and Holly Woodlawn are two of a series of portraits
Mitchell did of Andy Warhol Film Superstars in 1970. www.jackmitchellphotoprapher.com
Was born in 1952 in Reading, England. He began trimming windows on London’s
Saville Row before immigrating to Southern California in the late seventies.
After working with Diana Vreeland at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, Doonan joined Barney’s New York in 1986, where he
is now Creative Director. He is also a columnist for the New York Observer
and a contributor to Harper’s Bazaar and several other publications.
He lives in New York with his partner, designer Jonathan Adler, and their
dog Liberace. Simon's new book Nasty: My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints,
will be published in June 2005.
Coiffeur extraordinaire Peter Butler landed in New York from Paris
three years ago and has never looked back. His work has been seen
in Vogue, L’uomo Vogue and Vanity Fair, and he has styled
Australian born David Wills has dedicated his life to preserving American
film history and has accrued one of the world’s largest and most
important independent archives of original photographic negatives and
transparencies. He has contributed material for exhibition to many museums,
including MoMA, and in 2002 edited Taschen’s Bernard of Hollywood’s
Ultimate Pin-Up Book. Most recently, David has concentrated on producing
a series of film-related traveling photography exhibitions culled primarily
from his archive. His first shows, Edie Sedgwick, Blow-Up, Blonde Bombshell,
and From Tiffany's to Thomas Crown: Hollywood Fashion of the 60's garnered
major profiles in The LA Times, The NY Times, American Photo and Vogue.
For MAO MAG, David provided rare images for the features on Ara Gallant,
Mamie Van Doren and Marilyn Monroe.
"In retrospect, as I look back at these pictures, it seems most people
were running through the Seventies. I seemed to be walking slowly, stopping
often to watch and make a picture for my notebook. It was, in a way my
hobby at night, while I worked days for the magazines". A book of
the 70's picures will be published in mid 2006. For this issue Alan
provided us with two images of Ara Gallant which he snapped at different
events during the 70's.
SHANNON GREY WILLIAMS
New York based makeup artist Shannon Grey Williams works with many of the
industries’ top models, celebrities, designers, and photographers.
Her sunny disposition makes her a favorite both on set and off. For this
issue, she tackled the feat of doing 49 models in two days for our 7
designers we love feature. Shannon is represented by Oliver Pirot.
Was born in Boston and has lived in New York City and Paris and now
lives in Los Angeles. Some of Dean’s portraits include Francesco
Clemente, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Raymond Pettibon, Ed Ruscha, Kenny
Scharf, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney, Debbie Harry, and Timothy
Leary. A book of Dean’s photographs is being prepared for publication. www.deanchamberlain.com
Michael Musto writes the wildly popular "La Dolce Musto" column
for the Village Voice. The author of two books, Downtown and Manhattan
on the Rocks, Musto is also familiar as a regular face on cable channels
from E! to VH1 to MSNBC to everything but Animal Planet (though his agent
is in talks with them as we speak). A UPI profile called Musto "one
of the wittiest stylists in the English language." Thanks to sample
sales and giveaways, he's a pretty snazzy dresser too.
FRED VAN DE BUNT
New York based hair Stylist was born in Soest, a tiny village in the Netherlands. In
his early twenties he moved to Amsterdam and worked at Studio Hairdressers,
one of the city’s top salons for five years before assisting
Orlando Pita, Christiaan, and Ward in the states. His work has been
seen in Vogue, Bazaar, Vanity Fair, W and Elle as well as campaigns
for Gap, Levis, Espirit, Ralph Lauren, and Pantene. Fred is currently
represented by Art Department. www.fredvandebunt.com
The Desire to be closer to music inspired Tina Paul to become one of today's
legendary New York club photographers. After graduating from SVA, Tina's
photos were first noticed by Patricia Field in the 80's. Tina's documentary
style and whimsical, carefree sense, depicts the pleasure and sadness
of life and her nightlife photographs portray the essence of the party.
Best known for documenting the last night of Paradise Garage; the entire
decade of club night Jackie 60; and the notorious Michael Alig and Club
Kids, Her photographs are published in many books and magazines and she
is a staff photographer for British Photo Agency Camera Press. www.fifibear.com
MILTON H. GREENE
In 1985 the New York based fashion photographer Milton H. Greene passed
away. In 1993 his eldest son Joshua started The Archives, a business
dedicated to the restoration and preservation of not only his father's
work but photography at large. One of the first companies to do high-resolution
photo restoration and archival printing, The Archives works with consumers
as well as large institutions with rare photography. The Archives website offers a variety of numbered and limited edition reproductions that range in price and edition size. In celebration
of Marilyn's up and coming 80th birthday in June, The Archives has
included new Marilyn images along with other greats: John Wayne,
Judy Garland, James Dean to name a few, as part of a new 'Legends'
Limited Edition series. www.archiveimages.com or (541) 997-4970
Uber-babe Dianne Brill first made a splash as New York City’s "Queen
of the Night", then as a model for designers Gaultier and Mugler’s
wild runway shows, an actress in major motion pictures, and then as the
mold for Adel Rootsteins’s mannequin of the decade. Until recently,
Brill fans have had to be content rereading her best selling how-to book,
Boobs, Boys, and Highheels: How to get Dressed in Just Under Six Hours
but now with the launch of her full fledge cosmetic company Lip Lingerie,
they will have the opportunity to once again thrill in the World of Brill!
Gina Kelly has always been obsessed with fashion magazines so she was
thrilled when we asked her to interview Mike Gallagher, owner of one
of the country’s largest fashion magazine archives. Kelly has worked
as a fashion editor for Elle, Mademoiselle, and Lucky magazines and is
currently the Fashion Director for Seventeen. This fall, Kelly is being
honored with an Alumni Council Award by Boston University acknowledging
her work within the Fashion Industry. Also, this magazine’s editor
in chief considers her to be his best friend and loves her very much.
American actress Sylvia Miles has appeared in over 49 major motion pictures,
as well as a host of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, and several
notable television appearances. She has been nominated twice for an Academy
Award for her work in Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Farewell My Lovely (1975)
and garnered Best Actress Awards in 12 countries for her work in Andy
Warhol’s HEAT. She has also appeared on numerous talk shows such
as Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, Nightwatch, Charlie Rose, and Dick Cavett.
She performs her acclaimed one-woman show, It’s Me, Sylvia, around
the world and has been a member of the Actors Studio since 1968.
Constance White is the current style director and fashion spokesperson
for EBAY. A 15-year veteran of the fashion industry and one of the countries
most respected fashion experts, White has appeared on Oprah, E! Fashion
File, Tyra Banks’ Model Show and ABC-TV’s "Inside Fashion
Week." White has been a guest fashion reporter for Lifetime Television
and a reporter/anchor for Full Frontal Fashion TV. Her extensive journalism
background includes positions as the founding fashion director and a
contributing writer for Talk magazine. Previously, she was a style reporter
for The New York Times, executive fashion editor at Elle, and associate
sportswear editor for Women's Wear Daily. White's articles have appeared
in British Vogue, People, Essence and The Chicago Tribune.
J.T. LeRoy is the author of international best sellers Sarah (being made
into a film by Steven Shainberg) and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All
Things (being made into a film by Asia Argento). LeRoy's third book will
be out on Viking in 2004, and his work appears in the short story collection
The Best American Non-Required Reading 2003, edited by Dave Eggars. LeRoy
is part of the rock band Thistle, currently recording their debut release.
He is also working with No Hands Productions on an original children's
Ruben Toledo is a painter, sculptor, illustrator, reporter and fashion
chronicler as well as a surrealist wit of great renown. He currently
lives and works in NYC with his wife, designer Isabel Toledo. Ruben’s
watercolors are currently being used for the Nordstrom’s ad campaign.
He is the visual author of The Bombshell Manual of Style, the SWEETIE
series, and STYLE DICTIONARY. He has designed mannequins for Pucci Mannequins
as well as store windows, award statuettes, scarves, fabric designs,
murals, portraits, and album covers and recently created his first animated
film on the history of French fashion. His illustrations have appeared
in all the top fashion magazines and his artwork has been exhibited at
the Museé Des Arts Decorative, Louvre, The Metropolitan Museum
of Art, and the Museum of Fashion and Technology.
Jade Jagger is an accomplished jewelry designer who lives in Ibiza,
Spain with her children Amber and Assisi.
Ann Magnuson is an actress, singer, writer and part time performance artist.
She has been seen on screen in films such as Making Mr. Right, The Hunger,
Clear and Present Danger, Glitter, Panic Room and in April, The United
States of Leland and Ghostlight. On television she co-starred in the
ABC series "Anything But Love" and has appeared in the HBO
mini series From the Earth to the Moon as well as guest starring on The
Drew Carey Show, Caroline in the City, The John Larroquette Show, and
an upcoming episode of Fraiser. She writes a monthly column for PAPER
magazine. Get on her mailing list at www.annmagnuson.com
Alexander Thompson's photographs have been published in Nylon, Mass Appeal,
Black Book, Paper, Spin, Time Out, and Rollingstone Magazine among others
and he has just been selected to shoot an art book on Iggy Pop. The Texan
photographer loves beer, bbq ribs, collecting used records, moonlighting
as a DJ, and his lovely wife Maria.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
Belgium born designer Diane von Furstenberg has been a fixture of the American
Fashion world since arriving in New York in 1972 with her signature jersey
dresses. She went on to not only sell 5 million of her signature wrap
dresses, but also to succeed in the beauty, home and publishing industries.
Today, Diane von Furstenberg is again at the forefront of the fashion
industry. She designs from her atelier on the edge of the Meat Packing
district, and her collection, is sold in over 50 countries. Her spirit
of freedom and independence are an inspiration to all generations of
women, and today her designs are sought and worn by celebrities, style-makers
and chic women worldwide.
Jeremy Scott was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He grew to fame
in Paris showing his avant-garde performance art style fashion shows.
He is well known for his iconic designs for artist like Bjork, Madonna,
Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Fischerspooner, as well as Miss Piggy.
He wrote and directed his first short film "Starring" last
year and is currently writing a feature length musical. He now lives
and work in Hollywood.
Susan Olsen, internationally recognized for her role as Cindy Brady on
The Brady Bunch, is an actress, writer, artist, producer, radio personality
and, most importantly, the mother of a wonderful six year old son! She
appeared on programs like A&E's Biography, Headliners and Legends
with Matt Lauer, the Billboard Music Awards, the MTV Movie Awards, Entertainment
Tonight, TV Guide’s The Scandals behind the Sitcoms and her second
appearance on the cover of People Magazine . She is currently writing
her biography The Youngest One in Curlers recounting what it was like
to grow up on TV and adjust back into the real world.
Alvaro is a renown illustrator and portrait painter for celebrities. His
work has appeared in top fashion magazines including the first illustrated
cover of Vibe Magazine. His work has appeared in numerous books, television,
and department store windows worlwide including Bendels, Elizabeth Arden,
Laforet in Tokyo, and bus and subway stations all over NYC. His ability
to glamourize and capture the image of women has enabled him to create
work for Mariah Carey, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Patti LaBelle, and Mary
J. Blige among others. Recently, Alvaro recreated the Varga Girl for
Esquire Magazine through body painting and is working on his first one
Is a photographer originally from Amsterdam. He has worked for Richard
Avedon before striking out on his own. For MAO MAG Dirk has shot Amanda
Lepore, Julie Gilhart, Anna Nicole Smith and the entire My Obsession
Make Up artist Charlie Green left lipstick traces in homeland England before
honing her craft as one of this planets top fashion artists in Paris
for 5 years. She discovered anarchy in cosmetics during the reign of
Ziggy Stardust and thus solidified her cause channelling Bauhaus and
The Sex Pistols, causing colourful chaos in the early 80's. Currently
residing in New York and flexing her brushes at fashion shows, photographic
shoots and proudly engaged in several freelance cosmetics contracts with
illustrious beauty companies. Charlies history and workload with Mao
is extensive; together they have created some archival images and she
want to "always work in unison with the devine brazilian brothers
with a frame of reference that spans the whole universe."
Described by The NY Times as a "combination of Sally Bowles, Holly
Golightly, Josephine Baker and Scarlet O'Hara" accomplished actress,
model, social activist, restauranteur and full-time mother, Toukie A. Smith
continues to forge ahead embarking on new and exciting ventures in the
city she loves and calls her home. In addition to raising her two sons,
Julian and Aaron Kendrik Smith DeNiro, Ms. Smith is now working on MamaToukie.Com.
An organization whose mission is to foster community relations and build
a bridge linking parents with their children and the schools in the community
in an effort to improve communication and create programs to support today's
CHRISTINE DE LASSUS
After starting a career styling major advertising campaigns with photographers
Irving Penn, Steven Klein, Patrick Demarchelier and many others. French
born Christine de Lassus is now devoting her time to editorial projects:
directing the fashion of Trace magazine and free-lancing for major european
publications, while traveling the world.
Kenny Scharf is a prolific artist who has worked in painting, printmaking,
drawing and sculpture: he has designed lifeguard stations, Zippo lighters,
watches, cellphones, carpets, carnival carousels and a line of mannequins.
He created The Groovenians, which aired on The Cartoon Network. Sharf
has exhibited widely, including the Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg,
Bienalle de Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tony Shafrazi Gallery and Queens Museum
of Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Monterrey, and the Ft.
Lauderdale Museum of Art. www.kennyscharf.com
The original "celebrity hairstylist" single-handedly established
the role of the freelance hairdresser as we now know it. His stellar career
began at a time when models did their own hair and makeup… He changed
that! Since then, he has participated in the creation of some of the most
iconic images of our time with photographers Scavullo, Penn, Avedon, Helmut
Newton, Bruce Weber and many others. His touch is sought by the world’s
most renowned movie stars, models, rock stars, and royals. For this issue,
Hopson wrote about his close friend and collaborator, famed makeup artist
Way Bandy. He lives in New York City with Lily and Jack, his adopted Rottweiler-Retrievers.
Is a celebrity and fashion photographer whose intimate, outrageous, and stylish photographs have been an important part of the international and social scene for almost three decades. She pioneered fashion backstage photography in 1977 when she was the only photographer backstage at the shows. For this edition of MAO MAG, we used her photography for the feature of her friend, Tina Chow. "Tina was such a wonderful person; beautiful inside and out. Known for her phenomenal sense of style, kindness, good humor, and generosity. She was a natural hostess. She had energy, a magic that made everyone want to be near her. I am proud have had her as a friend."
Is a New York City based photographer and self-described "Gay Man at a Tittie Bar". After retiring from a 15-year career as a fashion stylist, he began photographing his friends, the larger-than-life personalities who don't shop at Abercrombie and Fitch. He is currently working on two projects: a series of mostly nude candids entitled "Artificial Stimulants: New York from Dusk to Dawn," and an on-going documentary of the American Burlesque Circuit. His photos have appeared in Fast Company, Jungle, and Nerve, and he is a regular contributor to Suede.
For over two decades, Greg Gorman's timeless photographs have documented the obessesion with the 20th century celebrity. From personality portraits and advertising companies to magazine layouts and fine art work, Gorman has developed the showcase discriminating and unique style in his profession. He currently resides in Los Angeles and Mendicino California.
Is an independent filmmaker and photographer living in Los Angeles. His work explores the world of fetish and fringes of culture. His film Hustler White premeired at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival and Plushies and Furries aired on MTV in Janauary 2002. His photography has been featured in various publications from Vanity Fair, GQ and Rolling Stone, to Drummer, Bound and Gagged and taste of Latex.