Michele Oka Doner (b. 1945, Miami Beach, Florida) is an American artist and author. "The breadth of her artistic production encompasses sculpture, public art, furniture, jewelry and functional objects…Oka Doner is perhaps best known for her numerous public art commissions, including…Radiant Site, at New York's Herald Square Subway and A Walk on the Beach at the Miami International Airport… Whether large-scale architectural projects, or intimately scaled objects… Oka Doner's work is fueled by a lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world, from which she derives her formal vocabulary…Ultimately, it is her curiosity and wonder that provide the driving force behind her work…Her art is the rich by-product of an inquisitive mind…Through her devotion, Oka Doner has learned to speak the language of the cosmos, acting as a sculptural interpreter of nature's vast lexicon."
(from: Ramljak, Suzanne. Michele Oka Doner: Natural Seduction. Manchester: Vermont, 2003)
I first saw her photo in NY Magazine's Look Book feature years ago and was instantly intrigued. Ms. Oka Doner has reduced her wardrobe to its most simple and elegant components.. It's an unconventional approach to dressing.
The foundation piece of her wardrobe is a long silk dress, which she has in several colors and wears everywhere.
She collects undershirts and camisoles (her favorite brand is Hanro) in silk, cotton, and wool and wears them under everything depending on the weather.
She likes bold jewelry (sometimes of her own design), interesting shoes, and favors wraps.
She also consistantly wears her long hair pulled back into a bun and deep red lipstick.
Another version of her silk dress with elegant earrings