Grand Palais, Paris explores the output of fashion photographer Irving Penn. His keen awareness of light and human expression, paired with an acute eye for form, create intensely sculptural portraits. This exhibition charts his career, from his early work to his best-known collaborations with Vogue and beyond.
Goldsmithing and textile handicraft have inspired Germany-based Christina Pauls to combine these forms of design. We talk to the artist about her practice.
Around 95 million images are shared each day on Instagram alone. This global phenomenon of image circulation possesses an extraordinary transformative potential, and, this weekend, galleries worldwide exemplify the power of photography to spark social, environmental and cultural change.
From innovative materials to conscientious production models, this collection of sustainable fashion labels offers alternative solutions from brands around the world. Austrian brand neubau combine urban aesthetics with ethical values, consciously using regional resources and methods. Offering frames crafted from eco-friendly material naturalPX, the company use organic, recycled elements across their range: from cases and cleaning cloths to packaging and marketing materials.
One of London Fashion Week’s 2017 LAUDED Designers looks to the future of expression, which is influenced by neutrality, functionality and longevity.
Minimalism is hard to escape right now. Whether it’s books imploring us to throw away half our wardrobe, or Instagram accounts advocating a simple life through the accompanying hashtag, less really does appear to be more. In fashion, however, simplistic tailoring and clean lines have a heritage that runs far deeper than any social media trend. Emerging South Korean designer Jackie Lee takes inspiration from the long tradition of bespoke menswear in order to create sophisticated, flowing pieces for her own brand, J. JS Lee.
With the weekend in sight, time and space for contemplation is on the horizon. The 5 to See for 14-16 July reminds us of the importance of appreciating artistic endeavours in society. By tracing the common links between humanity and history, these forthcoming artists highlight the both abstract and realistic dimensions of daily life. Top picks for this weekend include:
The “enfant terrible” of British fashion, Alexander McQueen, rose from obscurity to become one of the world’s top fashion designers until his untimely death in 2010. His pieces were deliberately provocative and yet also sensual. In the first room of Savage Beauty at the V&A, London, his 2006 collection, Widows of Culloden, features a range of silk black lace dresses and suits that McQueen referred to as reflecting “the dark side of my personality.” These clothes clearly demonstrate how he utilised gothic themes to make the women wearing them feel powerful.
Celebrating the legacy of influential fashion photographers, The Fashion Show at Peter Fetterman Gallery tracks the history of the genre. The exhibition demonstrates its transformation from a commercial tool to a form of artistic expression, bringing together work by Lillian Bassman, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, Horst P. Horst, Karen Radkai, Brian Duffy and more. Until 30 October.
Second Self brings together the works of two emerging photographers, Juno Calypso and Carolina Mizrahi at Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh. With similar thematic and artistic concerns, both sets of works confront the viewer with an unsettling and challenging aesthetic of what it means to be female in today’s world. With the imbalance of beauty standards and constant drip-feeding of idealised images from the media, the new exhibition highlights the absurd representations of self through the portrayal of their alter egos. Aestheticacatch up with Calypso and Mizrahi to discuss their works as a whole and in dialogue with one another.
With an influx of art students leaving University over the summer, Aesthetica has pin-pointed the top 10 degree shows to attend in order to keep up to speed with the new emerging talent of the art world. Our fail-safe guide will allow you to establish the presentations you wish to visit, with a detailed breakdown of the content of each exhibition. There are also further articles to look out for helping you get to know the graduates with a selection of interviews, learning about their practices and also asking in depth questions about the various courses they study and the benefits of their particular university.