Fashion photography has gripped us for over 100 years. Many of the legends like Mario Testino, Deborah Turbeville, and Helmut Newton achieved their greatness at the Condé Nast studios in New York, Paris, and London.
With unprecedented access to the archives of each city, ‘Coming into Fashion’ is an exhibition tracking the highlights of this sparkling intersection between photography and fashion, and now it is coming to our very own Gold Coast City Gallery from November to February.
In addition to iconic images, a selection of vintage couture from The Darnell Collection – Australia’s largest private collection of fashion from the late 1700s to the 20th century – will be on display. A curation of seminal fashion films and documentaries will be screening throughout the exhibition season, and over two days of talks and forums guests will hear international and Australian industry leaders discuss the past, present, and future of the world of fashion.
The collection of images, selected by photography curator Nathalie Herschdorfer, show the sharp contrast in the first fashion photographs from the early 20th century compared to the modern day.
“Fashion photography is a way to understand how we represent the construction of female beauty and how it has changed over the years,” says Nathalie.
“While it’s about selling beauty, selling fashion, it’s also about selling dreams. It can show precisely how the clothes look, however fashion photography can also reflect an idea, an atmosphere or a feeling.”
The exhibition includes work by Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Horst P. Horst, Erwin Blumenfeld, David Bailey, Guy Bourdin, Corinne Day, Deborah Turbeville and Sølve Sundsbø.
You are invited to the exclusive opening night of this exciting exhibition. Tickets include flowing drinks and delicious canapés through the night, touch-ups and tips from the experts at the beauty bar, and photo opportunities at the designer vogueing wall. Once you’ve taken in the exhibition, you can spend the rest of the night on the dance floor with a live band and vinyl DJ, then rummage through your complimentary goodie bag on the ride home. As an opening night guest you will gain free entry into the exhibition plus one more ticket for when you want to return later in the season.
Opening night will be held on Friday 24 November from 6.00pm to 9.00pm, and costs $90.00 per person. It will also give you unlimited access to the ticketed exhibition for the duration of its season. Get your tickets here.