Don Sumadaâ€™s Fine Art Inspiration
SOMA's latest cover comes from their story “La Femme au Chapeau.” Although it draws no direct line to Matisse’s groundbreaking painting of the same name that inspired the story, it offers a similar challenge of the status quo. The clean lines and soft textures chosen by Don Sumada create a new context for an accessory that has recently been overlooked or been relegated as far too casual. Instead, Don’s styling and the photographs of Sergio Kurhajec reestablish headwear as a sophisticated choice for the adventurous woman. Don proves that a hat needn’t be a statement, instead it can be a flawless element of graceful confidence, speaking volumes without shouting.
In a recent editorial with Four Seasons Magazine, “The Shape of Things,” Don takes these fine art inspirations even further. Working with photographer Liz Von Hoene, he explores the inherent geometry of clothing and accessories. Like moving from Matisse to Mondrian, bold shapes and color build contrast in these almost graphic compositions. Soft movement has been traded for bold lines and solid juxtaposition, suffusing the images with clever complexity, proving Don Sumada’s proficiency with the widest range of creative endeavors.