Object Group

Expedition Press Kit and Invitation

Smith conceived Expedition as a new format for presenting the WilliWear spring 1986 collection. The film was shot by Max Vadukul in Dakar, Senegal, in 1985 and featured several of Smith’s regular collaborators including Mark Bozek, Linda Mason, and Peter Gordon. Smith cast the film with locals and the Theatre National Daniel Sorano dance troupe, styling actors in WilliWear looks inspired by the streets of Dakar. Expedition embodies WilliWear’s embrace of film as a mechanism for disseminating fashion concepts beyond the runway and Smith’s desire to draw inspiration from and reflect on his African heritage while encouraging his audience to explore African cultures.

White ticket with black text with details for admission to a screening of the Expedition Spring 1986 Presentation
Film Screening Ticket, 1985
Print on paper
Courtesy of Mark Bozek
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Cover of press folder featuring an illustration of a black, white, and brown African mask
Press Folder, 1985
Lithograph on paper
Courtesy of Mark Bozek
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Grayscale caricature illustration of Willi Smith with exaggerated features and large circle-framed glasses
Caricature of Willi Smith for Invitation, 1985
Lithograph on paper
Courtesy of Mark Bozek
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Invitation depicting a faux brown suitcase opened to reveal an illustration of a black, white, and brown African mask
Film Screening Invitation, 1985
Lithograph on paper
Courtesy of Mark Bozek
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