Accidental Icon: Details Pertaining to Choice

Detail: Accidental Icon Wears

Black wool jacket: Yohji Yamamoto, Black wool trousers: Y-3, Cotton deconstructed wrap blouse: Ivan Grundahl, Suede booties: Sigerson Morrison, Handbag: Lonchamp Le Pliage

My choice of a look today began with a pragmatic decision to pick something warm. So my go to when it is single digits is black wool. Knowing that I was going to view an exhibition that was related to women's rights I chose a look that conveyed my vision of a modern woman. The shoulders on the Yamamoto jacket are broad and masculine and I added the ruffled shirt as a counterpoint. To balance the shoulders of the jacket I choose wide leg, lined black wool trousers that rustle and move when I walk. 

Detail: Michelle Pred Choices

Michelle Pred credits her father, a geography professor, for exposing her to feminism at an early age. She accompanied him to demonstrations related to the women's and other social movements in the 1970's in Berkeley, the "hotbed" of political activism, where she was raised. Choice is the latest evolution of a political voice that emerged over the last 25 years and that has focused on issues related to women's rights and health. Her conscious choice and use of artifacts that are associated with restrictive government policies, such as expired, discarded and placebo birth control pills and objects seized by airport security, results in a kind of visceral emotion that engages the viewer with the power and surveillance that stands behind these policies and stimulates one to contemplate action. In partnership with the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, five percent of the limited series of handbags will be donated to NARAL Pro Choice New York if one is so moved.

 The artist received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland California where she lives. She has shown her work extensively and it is included in several museum collections, such as the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum in N.Y. Her work has been reviewed and featured in the New York Times, Art in America, Wired, and American Craft Magazine. For more information about the artist visit her site, http://michelepred.com/home.html. The exhibition will run at Nancy Hoffman until March 14, 2015