Where’s Wendell? A Photo, Fashion Love Story

Photographed by Felicia M. Gordon, Where’s Wendell? is a series born from one year of collaboration with avant-garde fashion designer Wendell Headley and New York City parks. On view from February 11 – March 13, 2015 in the 1stdibs gallery at the New York Design Center, the photographs are Gordon’s homage to Headley and his spirit of individual expression. The exhibition will also include antiques from 1stdibs at the New York Design Center that reflect the artist’s love of color and the playful elegance of Wendell’s designs, styled by designer Sasha Bikoff.

In 2011, Harvard-educated Gordon was an unhappy attorney waiting for the train at Grand Central when she experienced a chance encounter with artist Wendell Headley. In the early ’80s, she and Wendell became friends in Washington Square Park when a young Gordon, the daughter of the former Planned Parenthood president Faye Wattleton, was drawn to Headley, known for his colorful, avant-garde couture creations. The elaborate pieces, which he sews, exist somewhere between fashion design and performance art. She felt creatively compelled to take his picture. For the next 18 months, Gordon snapped Wendell’s picture over and over again, forming the photographic body of work, Where’s Wendell? During this time, they communicated through letters which will also be included in the show.

Click here to view photos from the opening.