Showstudio.com’s ‘Blackwhite’ exhibition

06May10

What on earth does the young, cyber-goth fashion designer Gareth Pugh have in common with the legendary fashion and portrait photographer, Cecil Beaton – apart from the fact both are British. Or, for that matter, what common thread could you find between the Japanese milliner, Kamo, and his origami-like work for Chanel haute couture, and Peter Saville, the designer of the record sleeves for Factory Records’ artists such as Joy Division and New Order.

The answer lies in the most fundamental and fashionable of contrasts: black and white.

“For me black has everything. So does white. They are absolute beauty. They are the perfect match”, said Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

Her remark underscores the thinking behind “Blackwhite”, a new exhibition opening at the SHOWstudio.com Shop in London’s Mayfair, on May 8th.

The exhibition brings together artworks by a host of iconic names, including the photographers Irving Penn and Nick Knight, the set designer, Michael Howells, Karl Lagerfeld’s and (once, too) John Galliano’s muse, Amanda Harlech, and Simon Foxton, along with Beaton, Pugh, Kamo, and Saville, in a conceptually limitless visual world, structured only around the most celebrated aesthetic in fashion – black and white.

The exhibition includes Irving Penn’s 1950 portrait of Lisa Fonssagrives, in the “Harlequin Dress”, and contact sheets of Beaton’s shoot with Audrey Hepburn wearing costumes from his famed black and white “Ascot Opening Day” scene, for “My Fair Lady”, which won him an Academy Award, as well as photographs by Knight which have never before been exhibited.

via Showstudio.com’s ‘Blackwhite’ exhibition – Telegraph.

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