It is bright and bold! Something of this nature is hard to miss when your eyes cross over it for the first time. The canary yellow poster I spotted in the distance of the Ballyhoo! Gallery is called Nightclubbing, and it grabbed my attention right away when I walked into the exhibit. When you walk up to this poster for the first time, you might think that this portraiture poster is making a statement about race. Contrary, there is absolutely nothing to do about race in the statement this poster is making, despite the original idea the public had when the poster Nightclubbing came out in 1981. In fact, an unknown artist created the poster Nightclubbing the same year Jones‚Äô album Nightclubbing came out after it was such a big hit because her new iconic image broke the norm of the time in 1981. This poster presents a new look that Jones has created for herself. Being a piece in the collection of Ballyhoo! In the National Portrait Gallery, posters as portraiture exhibition, this poster is making a statement about fashion believe it or not. Grace Jones is exhibited on a bold yellow background; this sets off the dark, gender-bending profile and highlights her sometimes-confrontational iconic style that we are so drawn to because of the bold background.
Style is unavoidable for Grace Jones. As a model, singer and performer she sure got heads turning from her Jamaican heritage when she featured her signature image look for the first time on the cover of Nightclubbing. This new album release hit the shelves in 1981, and it sure got the advertisement because of her new iconic image. As a result, Jones is bending the rules of fashion, especially compared to the fanciful style that is common for women of the time. She blossoms from her African-inspired geometric stylization, as well as the modest image of her own. With her taut, slim body, gleaming dark skin, square-cut hair, and broad-shouldered masculine jacket with the plunging neckline as the focus, Jones ridiculed gender and racial stereotype with a fashion-conscious that became part of her androgynous look. Consequently, people caught on to her new iconic style, and this helped her publicity grow, and one person at a time she helped influence the fashion world.