RICK OWENS PHOTOGRAPHED BY DANIELLE LEVITT, includes 150 colour and black and white shots, highlighting Owens’ mesmerising tailored styles, spanning within the past decade. In the second edition, however, entitled LEGASPI, Owens pays homage to the book’s namesake designer, revered for his billowing creations in the ‘70s – who died of AIDS in 2001. Late Legaspi crafted remarkable ensembles for some of the biggest names of his time, counting the likes of Patti LaBelle and George Clinton, which Owens is willing to document with contributions derived from Pat Cleveland, among many others.
“This book is shamelessly about me. I’ve edited Larry’s work into a composition of the designer I wanted him to be, and the kind of designer I hoped to be,” remarks Owens.
“It’s me fetishizing him through a fanboy filter. It’s very much about Art Deco Kabuki meeting black leather, sweaty 1970s NY, and the stomping bombast of KISS, LaBelle, and Divine, who he did costumes for. Larry introduced a camp ferocity to the mainstream and helped set a lot of kids like me free. I was given complete access to his partner’s archives and have shot selected pieces in my aesthetic. This is the story of creation and love and loss that helped get me here.”