In July of last year, just months before David Bowie's death, Taschen released a book of photos by Mick Rock, the official photographer of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust persona. The images have taken on new importance since Bowie's passing, thus Taschen Gallery has opened Starman Remembered, an exhibit of 45 photos from the book, many of them previously unseen.
From spectacular stage shots to intimate backstage scenes, Mick Rock’s images immortalized the many facets of Bowie’s creativity. We see the sparkling phenomenon of Ziggy Stardust performing before rapturous crowds, as well as behind-the-scenes moments that few could have predicted would become iconic images.
When viewing Catherine Opie's new works, photographs of Elizabeth Taylor's Bel-Air home around the time of her death, the viewer is struck by a paradox — that although she was a Hollywood demigod, she was, underneath all that glitz and glamour, a human and a humanitarian.
Inspired by intimate images of Elvis Presley’s Graceland by William Eggleston, Opie carefully cataloged rooms, closets, shoes, clothing, and jewelry, created an personal composite of the actress — although the two never met. In all, Opie spent six months in the beginning of 2011 capturing roughly 3,000 images of her residence and belongings.
Context is everything. In the spirit of artistic relativism, Taschen is reprinting Pages from the Glossies, a book of Helmut Newton photos as they initially appeared in magazines, from Vogue and Elle to Queen and Stern, between 1956 and 1998. Which is to say, these images — many of which have acquired iconic status — remain true to their source, retaining all the accoutrements of their original glory: headlines, text, captions, and so on.
In tandem, the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin will present blowups from the softcover book beginning December 4, 2015, showcasing more than 230 magazine pages.
No one creates high-tech, bio-diverse demi-couture like Iris Van Herpen, who'll be the toast of Atlanta when the High Museum of Art becomes the first U.S. museum to dedicate a major exhibit to the Dutch designer.
The exhibit will feature 45 looks, including Van Herpen's trademark 3D-printing, computer modeling, engraving, and rapid prototyping.
November 7, 2015 - May 15, 2016, High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta
It's hard to believe that Undercover is 25 years old, probably because the Japanese label only decamped for Paris from Tokyo in 2003. But now designer Jun Takahashi has returned home with a retrospective at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. The exhibit — aptly titled Labyrinth of Undercover, hinting at the complexity of the multi-faceted label — showcases roughly 100 of Takahashi's more provocative pieces, along with runway videos, paintings, and his peculiar and rather nightmarish 'Grace' dolls.
Labyrinth of Undercover, October 10 - December 23, 2015, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Nishi 3-20-2, Japan
A new fashion exhibit in Stockholm attempts utopia by examining notions of solidarity, memory, gender identity, technology, and sustainability — and by looking at a coterie of contemporary visionaries. The Liljevalchs Konsthall has assembled roughly 200 unconventional pieces from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, Viktor & Rolf, Hussein Chalayan, Walter van Beirendonck, Comme des Garçons, Dries Van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela, Prada, and Raf Simons for Dior.
Further, in the Memory Room, a small group of fashion-world luminaries has been asked to exhibit a garment that tells a personal story. Participants include Hamish Bowles (Vogue), Roy Andersson (director, Twiggy, Lykke Li, and Christian Lacroix. Swedish designers, too, were commissioned to create unique items, including Ann-Sofie Back, Bea Szenfeld, and CMMN SWDN.
Utopian Bodies: Fashion Looks Forward, Sep 15, 2015 - Feb 7, 2016, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Djurgårdsvägen 60, Stockholm, Sweden
Is there a designer who doesn't take photos on the side? How better to reinforce a label's image? That's the thinking behind Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy's new book, Youth Hotel ($45), published by Dover Street Market's IDEA imprint. That IDEA is in the business of fast-publishing — as in only a few days — is very much in keeping with the transient, move-by-night nature of Rubchinskiy's own youth in Russia.
Of all the parodists poking fun at fashion today, few are as wickedly spot-on as Kalen Hollomon. Long a fave of ours, the New York artist's eye for the taboo and his lo-fi cut-and-paste technique subvert the intended message of fashion campaigns and mashes them with images of ordinary life to provocative effect.
Hollomon currently has an exhibit of his work at Colette in Paris, a series of original handmade collages on luxury pieces as well as seven new photographs taken around New York, turned into ad images and slapped with a fashion logo.
Kalen Hollomon, September 28 - October 24, Colette, Paris
Given fashion exhibitions' new limelight, a most intriguing Karl Lagerfeld exhibition at the Bundeskunsthalle museum in Bonn, Germany, has been drawing visitors far and wide. But as the couturier's aversion to retrospectives is well-known, how would co-curators Rein Wolfs (also the museum's director) and Amanda Harlech (also Lagerfeld's right-hand at Chanel) tackle an exceptional 61-year career? Wolfs told Hint that they "excluded a retrospective character of the exhibition right from the beginning and wanted to show his exceptional quality of profiling different labels [often] at the same time."
The audience is first greeted by a recreated Lagerfeld office, with sleek chairs and a table laden with books ranging from Doris Lessing to Beau Brummel to Man Ray, as well as glue, pencils, and stationery. On the floor are bags from one of his favorite Parisian bookstores, Galignani, next to crumpled balls of paper. The set reflects his aerobic, magpie creative mind, and also his appetite for paper, the sub-theme of the show. "It's about Karl's vision, which he draws," said Amanda Harlech in German Vogue, "then this creation comes to life, before becoming a photograph, which is another piece of paper."