Left: Top, Edmond Escobar. Jewelry, model’s own. Right: Skirt, Comme des Garçons. Scarf, G-Star RAW. Boots, Dr. Martens. Watch, model’s own. Photography by Robin Black. Styling by Brett Bailey. Makeup by Amy Strozzi. Special thanks to Mariel Hemingway for the use of her beautiful home.
The great-granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway, daughter of actress Mariel Hemingway and sister of model Dree Hemingway, Langley has curated a distinct identity within her creative family. She is an artist currently attending fashion school in New York City. For Dossier she fused these mediums: modeling for the above and below editorial (shot at her mom’s home) and sharing a few of her drawings.
Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite creative mind would have to be Tim Burton. I find his mind fascinating—from his motion picture visions to his tableside napkin drawings. There is always something a little creepy and a little off about what he does but the message has an innocence to it, which draws me in and makes me feel the emotions of his characters. I think he is a kook is the best of ways and like to consider myself bit kooky too! I always say that I have no desire to act in movies, but I would love to be in a Tim Burton movie wearing a costume by Colleen Atwood. What a dream!
Is fashion art?
I have always considered fashion art because I am expressing new ideas through a clothes medium. I think it gets a bit jumbled in the fashion industry and it can become a bit too competitive and high-strung, but most designers are really just artists trying to live up to the high standards and fast pace of the industry (which we are taught to do in school).
What I really love about fashion design is the concept that you can think of this amazing garment that you’ve never seen before and make it visible to others—but it doesn’t stop there. You receive the full benefit of it when someone puts on that garment and it builds confidence within the individual and makes him or her feel something truly special.
Is modeling art?
I feel that many editorials are very much art. I don’t necessarily think that getting your photograph taken is art, but the whole teamwork and vision within a photo shoot is. Not to put down modeling because I think it takes specific skills to feel comfortable in front of a camera and then be able to move your body is ways that is beautiful and photogenic. Art is the creation of a vision, and many times the model suggests new ideas to go along with the preconceived direction—thus they contribute to the art. But without the team behind them, it is more of a skill.
Why do you make art?
I make art because it makes me feel special, as silly as that sounds. When I create something with only a pen and paper or idea and fabric, I feel like I’ve just done magic by creating something that no one else on the planet has. I really love and enjoy drawing and see that the more I do it, the more I amaze myself with what I can bring to life. Not only is the end result pleasurable but while drawing or painting (or [performing] any artistic process), your thoughts are finally brought to a halt; it makes me more present and takes the future anxieties or past memories out of my mind, leaving only me and my creation.
If you could own any work of art, what would you choose?
This is definitely the hardest question of them all. After long and hard contemplation, I think the art that I would want most would from an architect who would create a beautiful mountain home for me. I know this doesn’t exist (yet) but I think it would be the most magical piece of art I could own. I do not have an architect in mind but I will be researching it for when I can afford such a thing!
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All artwork by Langley Hemingway.
Left: Dress, A Sai Ta. Right: Jacket, Edmond Escobar. Coat, Comme des Garçons. Pant, Burberry. Boots, Dr. Martens.
Left: Bra, Katy Rodriguez. Jacket, Calvin Klein Mens. Pants, G-Star RAW. Right: Jacket, Rick Owens.