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Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran: Inside the artist’s wardrobe


What’s your fragrance of choice? My everyday perfume is Le Labo “Oud 27”, and for occasions I like Frederic Malle “Musc Ravageur”.

“My staple is Acne: good cuts, bold designs, statement pieces.”

What are three essential items in your wardrobe? Day to day I’m in a studio in an industrial location. There’s noise, dirt and dust, so it’s Crocs and a Uniqlo puffer jacket. The third would be Jeremy Scott x Adidas track pants; they’re so versatile. I like the vibe of wearing them with a dress shirt and sneakers.

Any go-to jewellery pieces? A chunky silver chain, a septum piercing and silver hoop earrings. The other thing I like to wear is a black shell necklace by Indigenous Tasmanian artist Jeanette James.

Like his art, Ramesh’s style is “bold, expressive and imaginative.”Credit:Mark Pokorny

Can you remember a favourite outfit from when you were a child? I didn’t have any autonomy over how I dressed but I loved colourful stuff.

And your worst fashion mistake? It’s when I try to layer. I’ll be wearing a big shirt, trackies and sneakers – things that go together – but then I feel like I’m going to get creative and add a fitted jacket which just doesn’t work with a baggy shirt.

Ramesh is inspired by “R&B street style” and the fashion sense of performers such as Rihanna.

Ramesh is inspired by “R&B street style” and the fashion sense of performers such as Rihanna.Credit:Getty Images

What was your first fashion moment? When I was younger, I always wanted long hair. I was never allowed to grow my hair, so once I had my big curly locks everything else fell into place in terms of my style. I was 25 when I reached my perfect hair stage.

What’s on your wish list? A Versace denim coat. Also, Gucci “Rhyton” sneakers with tongue print.

Is there anything you would never wear? Overalls.

Is there a current fashion trend you like? I like the boldness that’s coming back, the colours. Also, when observing women’s fashion, I’ll often wish they made that cut or colour or sneaker in the men’s range. Recently they’ve started to do that – the men’s stuff is becoming as exciting and bold.

What shoes do you wear most often? Balenciaga or Nike Air Max sneakers. And Crocs – I have blue and pink and some I’ve pimped out with widgets.

Do you have a favourite fashion icon? Not really. I love the fashion of African-American performers, and the way Rihanna dresses.

What’s your favourite off-duty, casual Sunday look? An animal-print short-sleeve shirt, baggy Who Decides War jeans and chunky sneakers.

Ramesh (Thames & Hudson) by Jaklyn Babington is out now.

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