Women Of Style 2020: Naomi Beckwith Is Artfully Engaged

by J.P. Anderson | August 30, 2020 | People

Style is a state of mind and fashion a means of expression, which is all the more important in our rapidly changing world. We check in with Chicago's sartorial stars for some words of wisdom.

Naomi Beckwith, Manilow Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art


The most amazing thing to happen since I became a Woman of Style in 2012 was...
marrying the love of my life, who loves my style, respects my career and supports my work.

My big news is... the MCA Chicago is open again! Reserve your spot for a visit to see the amazing artworks London-based designer Duro Olowu has pulled together from this city.

For me, 2020 has brought... feelings of sheer terror and persistent optimism.

This year has taught me... to take a beat, take better care of myself and my family, and get a more ergonomic chair for all this work from home.

What I’m most passionate about right now is… joining and supporting those who elevate and center BIPOC artists and cultural organizations.

The biggest surprise of the year has been... the amazing upswell of energy against social inequity and the cross-racial demands for social change. Hence, the optimism.

To me, style means... knowing, as an old Malian proverb says: It’s rude to your neighbors if you don’t give them something good to look at!

My favorite designers of the moment are… For up-and-coming designers, I love the casual high craft of Marques Almeida, and I’m so happy Grace Wales Bonner has turned the sharpness of menswear tailoring into womenswear.

My hope for the future is… that everyone in the present takes responsibility for it. We can’t hope for a better world, we have to work for it.

Photography by: Jeff Sciortino