We are always inspired and amazed by the extraordinary lives of those within the Dia community. Over the following weeks, we'll introduce you to the first in our Style Tastemakers series along with their favorite styles available atdia.com.
Lauren Kelly has worked at Sean Kelly since 2006 and was named a Partner / Director of the gallery in January 2019. Lauren has been instrumental in expanding the gallery’s roster of artists with the addition of Jose Dávila, Sam Moyer, Peter Liversidge and Hugo McCloud. In addition, she works closely with Marina Abramović, Dawoud Bey and Julian Charrière. Lauren has traveled to Havana, Cuba extensively, and organized the first solo US exhibitions of Diana Fonseca Quinones and Alejandro Campins. Lauren is a member of the selection committee for ZONAMACO 2023 and serves on the board of Independent Curators International (ICI) She has also developed the gallery's partnerships with various international arts organizations. Born in Wales and raised in New York City, she currently resides in Brooklyn.
Above Photo Credit: Sarah Muehlbauer
Q & A
Get to Know Lauren
WHAT'S BEEN A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER THUS FAR?
The highlight of my career is helping the artists I work with achieve their goals. Opening a major exhibition, like Hugo McCloud at the Aldrich Museum or seeing Sam Moyer’s monumental sculpture open at the corner of Central Park (pictured below courtesy of Public Art Fund.) Knowing I had a small hand in bringing these works to fruition is extremely rewarding.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
My style is pretty classic with a twist of flair. I tend to prefer classic silhouettes with the focus on one distinct item or accessory. I absolutely need items that can easily transition from day to night as I often go to art openings after work. As I work in the art world I often wear a lot of black and so in order to leave a lasting impression I like to make sure one item or accessory from the outfit really POPs.
HOW HAS ACCESS TO FASHION/EVOLUTION OF INCLUSIVE FASHION IMPACTED YOUR OWN PERSONAL STYLE?
My fashion has developed dramatically over the last 5 years as brands have slowly been adding plus size options especially in the designer section. Finally being able to have some choice in the luxury category has been a game changer for me. As a plus size woman you have to work so much harder to be able to find stylish options. I can’t walk into any store in SoHo and select a fit, I have to work that much harder to find stylish options so having a resource like 11 Honore/DIA is hugely helpful and time saving.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE FROM FASHION IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS?
I hope we see even more brands add or expand their plus size options in their retail spaces. I would love to be able to walk into Prada or Gucci or even Zara and be able to try on options IN STORE. Most plus size options are only available online, I love going out shopping with friends but most of the time I can only look at accessories.
WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED TO ADD TO YOUR 2023 WARDROBE?
I am excited to add Ganni to my 2023 wardrobe, I just ordered a super cute blue cropped sweater from 11 Honoré | Dia&Co, which I can not wait to receive. I also love La Double J, I wore one of their dresses for my post-wedding brunch and would love to add another one of their beautiful prints to my collection.
Wedding dress: Martina Liana
Photographer: Joshua Brown
IS THERE A CHARITY YOU'D LIKE TO SPOTLIGHT IN THE NEW YEAR?
I chose Advocates for Youth. I have two children and recently becoming a mother has further reinforced the lack of support for youth across this country. Advocates for Youth helps to advocate for access to safe contraceptives, racial justice, honest sexual education, LGBTQ+ rights, support for sexual assault survivors, abortion access, and much more. I will fight to provide safe opportunities for my children in the future and by supporting Advocates for Youth I hope to be able to help other young people as well.
Keep up with Lauren's work, style, and life @laurenjadekelly.
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