Freddie Smithson, a conceptual art director of FreddieMade.com is known for his ‘made ya look’ pop art.

Superimposing celebrity faces or royalty onto snaps taken and posted on Instagram by super trendy fashion influencers or models, his work is undoubtedly playful, commenting on our pop culture obsession. 

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Here's one of his works, the Queen Elizabeth II 'wearing' Vetements...

Something blue @vetements_official #freddiemade

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His latest gem is Meryl Streep as a badass hipster. 

Using graphic design to impose Streep’s character from The Devil Wears Prada, Miranda Priestley onto fashion influencer, Feifei Fu @ifayfu’s body, as she poses atop a rooftop in Beijing, China, it's just pure wonder. 

The original 

Start my day up on the roof??

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And even though we know it’s not real, it might as well have been. Yet another role Meryl effortlessly pulls off. 

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A few years ago Marie Claire SA did something similar (and it was highly controversial).

The magazine featured The Duchess of Cambridge on their cover and inside the mag, wearing local designs. Only it wasn't actually her - they were all 'hyperreal illustrations' of Kate’s face on someone else's body. 


Packaged as a fan art tribute to the Duchess, it opened up a discussion about whether one is allowed to 'tribute' in this way. 

Another fantastic example of this kind of fan art play is ongoingly executed by US artist, Cheyenne Randall. In 2014, the artist shot to notoriety when a picture of Kate Middleton and Prince William as hipsters with tattoos was creatively realised. 

Hipster Royalty Redo #shoppedtattoos

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This is definitely the kind of photoshopping I can get on board with. Adding a bit of play, a bit of wonder, a touch of 'what if', making celebrities and royalty more relatable surely does no harm, as long as the subject doesn't feel ridiculed. 

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