Closet Envy: Thelma Golden
by Alexandra Phanor-Faury
Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem and author Thelma Golden is as equally revered for her visionary eye for emerging talent in the art world as she is for her intriguing vivid wardrobe. Golden spent the bulk of her career in the arts as an associate curator and curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art which made her a fixture on the international art scene. Flying around the globe in the name of art calls for an eclectic wardrobe for every season. While Golden has been quoted as saying if she weren’t working in the arts, she’d love to work for Oprah, we think the fashion world could use some of Golden’s lively sartorial vision.
The art aficionado utilizes her diminutive frame as a walking canvas to create her own moving piece of art with her collection of high-designer pieces. Golden turns to interesting details, shapes, prints to add depth to her looks. Her uncompromising fashion and style mirrors her approach to her work: detailed, youthful and unconventional.
Golden’s fashion statements haven’t gone unnoticed. The curator has been at the forefront of the New York social scene for years and we’ve come to expect nothing short of fabulous when it comes to her sense of style. As if Golden’s wardrobe isn’t to die for already, being married to one of the fashion industry’s great talents, Duro Olowu, provides Golden with an endless array of chic pieces that fall in line with her love of prints. Golden’s other go-to designers include Tracey Reese and Alaia.
To ensure her designer wears fit her petite frame just right, Golden is a big advocate of alterations. Whether it’s shortening a hem or taking in a jacket, wearing clothes that complement her size has always been the most important element to feeling and looking great in her clothes.
Her 16 feet closet space in her Brooklyn, New York home is not only packed with great altered pieces, her shoe collection isn’t too shabby either. Boxes of Prada and Sigerson Morrison line up the top and bottom shelves of her large closet.
Take a look at creative spirit Thelma Golden’s spectacularly curated wardrobe.
Front row at the Cynthia Rowley Spring 2010 show, Thelma Golden stands out in a slashed cape and bright camouflage pants.
Thelma Golden has an incredible eye for unique prints and knows how to carry such vibrant pieces.
Thelma Golden hits an elegant mark on the red carpet in one of her hubby’s famous signature “Duro” dresses. We love the mix of patterns and hues.
Thelma Golden pairs a shorter “Duro” dress with mod white boots for a sleek boho ensemble.
Thelma Golden gives the military trend look a twist in a yellow and orange camo maxi skirt.
Only Thelma Golden could pair a painterly print scarf, zebra bag and gray boots with such panache.
Open-toe wedges heighten this look’s appeal.
Thelma Golden mixes crisp leather and tweed for a playful yet refined combination.
Thelma Golden attends the 2008 National Arts Awards in an all-black ensemble and printed peep-toe heels.The skinny pants and voluminous ruffle top is a silhouette we think looks great on her.
Honoree Thelma Golden attends the 16th Annual Glamour Magazine ‘Women of the Year’ awards in a feminine pant suit with ribbon ties at the waist and a touch of subtle shine to dress up the look.
Thelma Golden’s vintage inspired coat with fur collar is a classic that will get anyone noticed.