Yuletide Installation at Winterthur Museum

Commissioned installation for Winterthur's annual Yuletide installation. The three couture ensembles were inspired by Ann Lowe, H.F. duPont, as well as my lineage and personal history.

On view November 18, 2023-January 7, 2024

Patchwork Ensemble - hand cut vintage, deadstock, and donated fabric remnants. 

Magnolia Ensemble - hand painted silk taffeta, silk dupioni, silk & wool blend (hat).

Gladiolus Ensemble - silk organza (undergarments, slip, dress). 

Photos courtesy of Amber Marcoon
Japanese Textile Baguettes

Capsule collection consists of 25 Baguette handbags - each handcrafted from vintage Japanese kimono textiles sourced from Japan.

Japanese textiles have historically developed through an interaction of external influences & indigenous techniques and design choices, and a tendency to develop both technology & aesthetics to a high degree of refinement.

A vintage obijime, a braided cord belt used to tie kimonos closed, is included with each bag.

Fabric sourcing, research, concept, photography: Asata Maisé Beeks

This project was supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.

Fall/Winter 2021

This collection was centered around the Baguette handbags, curated from a deadstock fabric with history tied to my home state of Delaware. I leaned into classics, such as the white t-shirt and selvedge denim jeans, a warm color palette, and the internal sense of sensuality that had taken over every part of my being. The setting was ideal, a studio full of precious vintage furniture with enough natural light to make a cold room feel cozy. Lauren Daccache captured me with her keen eye of intimacy; I'm in my most vulnerable state wearing my own work. 

Model, Garments, Styling: Asata Maisé Beeks

Photography: Lauren Daccache

Hair: Bria

Location: Friends of Form

Spring/Summer 2021

These pieces were inspired by my ideal travel wardrobe. My favorite look is the corset and trouser set which was constructed from a denim fabric that exhibits an image of a Santorini sunset that I took in 2019.

Photography, Garments, Styling: Asata Maisé Beeks

Models: Tay Ali & Carli

Spring/Summer 2019

During a personal hiatus in early 2019, I began reflecting more Intently on my work and my current inspirations. I was moving at a slower pace, spending more time outdoors, and surrounding my home environment with a variety of earth elements. Until that point in time, I solely created one-off pieces. I dreamed of having a wardrobe that was cohesive and incredibly personal. That's how this body of work began. A few months later, Anyezah Richards (also known as Corey Banana) and I left for Greece. The photos for this collection were completely impromptu as we walked around Santorini and Athens, Greece with the garments stuffed in a Jansport backpack. To this day, I am still impressed with the outcome of the photos, although I have many critiques on how I wish the styling were better executed. This first collection was a personal milestone, proving to myself that I can, indeed, see something through to the very end.

Model: Anyzeah "Corey Banana" Richards

Garments, Jewelry, Accessories, Photography, Styling: Asata Maisé Beeks