Georgia Ford and the Art of the New York City It-Girl

Georgia Ford and the Art of the New York City It-Girl

With a Hollywood pedigree, this New York habitué is playing the part of cultural provocateur.

With a Hollywood pedigree, this New York habitué is playing the part of cultural provocateur.

Photography: Philippe Jarrigeon

Styling: Clare Byrne

Text: Whitney Mallett

“I love throwing dinner parties that decay into madness,” proclaims Georgia Ford, a fixture of the downtown New York scene who seems to have her fingers in everything, from hosting salons and producing fashion shows to publishing her poetry. Over the years, the dinner parties evolved into organizing art shows out of her apartment, which the 26-year-old dubbed “Salon Ford.”

Proof that Ford has had a hand in nurturing the downtown creative class through these late-night meetings is the list of artists from the first Salon Ford show: a who’s who of the next wave of New York artists, including Coco Young and Joseph Geagan. Ford often meets collaborators at these soirées, including Lou Dallas designer Raffaella Hanley. This past September, Ford produced the Lou Dallas Spring/Summer ’17 show that took place at a Ukrainian banquet hall.

In September, Ford also walked the runway in the Gauntlett Cheng fashion show for a second season.

She counts designers Esther Gauntlett and Jenny Cheng as friends, too. All of the projects Ford takes part in seem to grow out of this extended creative community, glued together by after-hours debauchery. “That’s the way things have always happened, even before the Factory,” she posits, noting that when she was growing up, her parents, actor Harrison Ford and screenwriter Melissa Mathison, hung around the New York art world.

Ford’s mother, who penned screenplays, was also a big influence on her passion for writing. “When I was maybe six, I started writing stories,” Ford remembers, adding, “I think it’s one of those things where it’s in my blood.” This year, Ford published a poem in the magazine All-In alongside photos of her and her boyfriend, musician Donald Cumming. “I just wanted to experience putting something into the world without being precious with it and overworking it,” Ford notes. American writer Fanny Howe is a big inspiration. “She has a way of playing with words that I find incredibly intoxicating.”

Right now, Ford is working on her first book, which combines poetry and fiction. At the same time, she’s committed to continuing her support of local New York artists. “I think we live in a world where, for the first time, people can do things without anyone asking them to or giving them the green light,” she ventures. “I enjoy being a part of that in any way that I can.”

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