CULTURE

In the Mood for… Hip-Hop Nomads


“We were inspired by the ’90s downtown club scene in New York,” say Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow of their fall 2015 collection. “The way street dancers appropriated technical outerwear and flowing, layered garments made us think of urban bedouins.”

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Street dancers, 1990. Courtesy of PYMCA/UIG.

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The hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest with a young friend (far left), New York, 1990. Courtesy of Janette Beckman/Getty Images.

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A bedouin in the Sahara Desert, North Africa. Courtesy of Naftali Hilger/Getty Images.

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A bedouin woman. Courtesy of WIN-Initiative/Getty Images.

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Frank Stella’s Delta, 1958, inspired large-scale prints. Courtesy of the artist/ARS, NY.

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A sporty outerwear shoot from Vogue, 1998. Photograph by Michael Thompson/Vogue.

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A Moroccan desertscape, 2013. Photograph by Julia Noni/Trunk Archive.