For those of you who couldn’t get to the Peter Lindbergh exhibition for its debut at the Kunsthal Rotterdam, where it was conceived by Director Emily Ansenk and curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot, or its subsequent showing in Munich, we have good news: A Different Vision on Fashion Photography has just opened at La Venaria Reale, Turin, for the third leg of its tour.
A gathering of Italy’s fashion glitterati turned out in force for the preview on October 6 to support the man of the moment, legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh. We spotted Alessandra Turra, the Milan fashion correspondent for WWD,rocking a baby-blue skirt-‘n’-shirt combo on the red carpet; Tiziana Cardini, La Rinascente’s fashion director and writer for Vogue Italia, was sensational in an Arts & Crafts-inspired gown; TV/movie glamour couple Natasha Stefanenko and Luca Sabbioni were also in attendance; Chris Bangle, who partnered with Swarovski to design the Illusions Designer Edition Crystal SS18, brought his family; and fashion editor and curator Fabiana Giacomotti had male model-turned-super agent Piero Piazzi on her arm. Coincidentally, it was one of Piazzi’s big discoveries, Italian supermodel Mariacarla Boscono, who accompanied the star of the show, Peter Lindbergh. It was clear that the two of them had great fun exploring this iteration of the exhibition, looking at the ways that curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot had found to tell the story of Lindbergh’s life’s work at this new location.
Already seen by 325,000 photography and fashion fans since the tour began, the show divides the influential artist’s work into eight themes to mark his development since 1978 and reflect his passions: Supermodels, Couturiers, Zeitgeist, Dance, The Unknown, Darkroom, Silver Screen, and Icons. Highlights of this major survey include fine art prints that shimmer with Swarovski crystals; an amazing Giles ball-gown worn by Helena Bonham-Carter, its burnt-edged holes embroidered with crystals; and an intricate cage corset by Jean Paul Gaultier modeled by Milla Jovovich. As an experience, it’s a remarkable testament to the groundbreaking nature of Peter Lindbergh’s photography. He introduced a new and singular vision as a representation of women: a playful realism that celebrates her as brilliantly authentic, strong, self-willed and, of course, sexy.
Peter Lindbergh: A Different Vision on Fashion Photography can be seen at La Venaria Reale, Turin, from October 7, 2017 through February 4, 2018.