The history of Fashion has known many great artists. These revolutionaries have changed the way we both feel and see fashion. In our latest issue, The Romantics, we explore the intimate experience of The Romantic period and highlight a few of the most influential Romantic figures along the way. Read ahead to see who made our list.

Illustrations by: Natalia Jhete Words: Jon Gordon & Lakenya Kelly

Jean-Michel Basquiat


“I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.” -Jean-Michel Basquiat

There are very few figures that have influenced the landscape of modern art , especially in America,as much as the wildly influential Jean Michel Basquiat. Originally knownonly by his 4 letter graffiti alter-ego, SAMO, Basquiat disrupted the established conventions of social status, construct, and compositionas he tagged the buildings of Lower Manhattan with his sharp-edged, politically driven messages. With an aura that captivated everyone and everything that he encountered, Basquiat’s legend grew as he went on to become one of the most celebrated fine artists of the 20th century with exhibitions spanning from Edinburgh to Los Angeles. We at THE DAPIFER will be forever influenced by the daring, original voice of Jean Michel Basquiat.

Helmut Newton


“I hate good taste. It’s the worst thing that can happen to a creative person.” -Helmut Newton

Contradiction and irony were prevalent in the fashion, nude, and portrait photography of Helmut Newton. After starting a career shooting for Australian Vogue in 1950, he went on to shoot for almost every major fashion publication in the world. His work challenged conventions, often blending elements of documentary with erotica. His confrontational style of shooting his subjects has influenced more than three generations of photographers, and his classic work from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s would fit into any fashion magazine running today. We at THE DAPIFER owe a lot to his luxurious, casual style. Thanks, Helmut.

To view the full feature including illustrations of Alexander McQueen and Diana Vreeland check out the issue, The Romantics!

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