Fashion Forward with Jeweled Ensembles
by Johnny Addison
Reminiscent of fashion icon, Alexander McQueen,
Johnny Addison brings Avant-garde glitz and glam
to a new level
Mode Lifestyle Magazine – Living A Full Life Issue
Editor: Jianna Ferrari
Story: Terry Check @terrycheck
Photography: Terry Check
Model:Amy Wilder @amywilderness
Fashion Designer: Johnny Addison @mugshottcheryl
Makeup & Hair Artist: Samantha Washburne @samazingmakup
Production Assistant: Marissa Gardella @prissymisst___
Retouch Artist Anna Becker firstname.lastname@example.org
When not styling hair, Johnny Addison reads the classified ads for the next estate sale, looking forward to rummaging in search of costume and vintage jewelry, colorful, ornate and unwanted by the owner. With a little negotiation, the Atlanta designer purchases these treasures, and then disassembles the jewelry resulting in a vast array of gemstones, cameos, pearls, crosses, leather straps, charms and gold chains.
These pieces now become mosaic tiles for his fashion creations called wearable art-fashion, Avant-garde glitz and glam from reclaimed fashion accessories. For creative inspiration and collaboration, the LGBTQ artist muses with “Mugshott Cheryl”, a full-length mannequin, and together they create amazing artwork, selling for from $200 to $2,000 or more.
In a recent Q Magazine interview, the creator said, “Everything comes from estate sales, antique markets and great friends. I’m inspired by Southern women, the silhouette of formal military uniforms, and the 1800s Victorian era”. And his approach is inherently queer. Addison continued, “Being gay influences my art in the way that I’m just a gay man being himself 100%. I feel like I owe it to my younger self to express my artistic side, a side that was too feminine to express.”
For original, one-of-a-kind fashion garments contact Johnny at @mugshottcheryl.
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