FASHION & POLITICS in Vogue Italia
Photo VOGUE Festival 2017
Miles Aldridge » Ethan James Green » David LaChapelle » Peter Lindbergh » Steven Meisel » Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott » Ellen von Unwerth » Tim Walker » Bruce Weber »
Exhibition: 16 Nov – 19 Nov 2017
Thu 16 Nov 14:00
via bergognone 34
Tue 11-22, Wed-Fri 11-20, Sat 11-22
This exhibition will explore how fashion photography can engage in issues such as gender, wealth, consumerism, the environment, protest and identity building. The relevance of fashion photography is dependent on its ability to reflect and capture changes in society – in subtle and playful ways – bring provoking issues to a diverse audience.
Fashion & Politics in Photo Vogue will reflect on the magazine’s pioneering role in commissioning contentious fashion photography and how this has succeeded conveying a message, and raising questions, through the publication’s editorial pages. Holding a mirror up to Vogue Italia’s commissioned photography and editorial since launch, the exhibition will aim to address how the magazine’s fashion photography has embraced, and even influenced change.
The exhibition will include Bruce Weber’s ‘A letter to True Hope’ (2003), Ellen von Unwerth’s ‘The Vagaries of Fashion’ (2001), and Steven Meisel’s ‘Makeover Mandess’ (2005), ‘State of Emergency’ (2006) and ‘Water and Oil’ (2010) amongst others.
Whether the Vogue Italia editorial has acted as commentary, satire or a catalyst for debate, the magazine has anticipated many issues from the morbid obsession with plastic surgery and the media’s glamorization of rehab clinics, to the stereotypical model of the perfect family down to extreme consumerism. The photographers featured in this exhibition never flinched from taking a stand – taking the photography far beyond the original purpose as a mere advertising platform.