Fashion and the female body to many have been as natural a pairing as Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel or Levi Roots and barbeque sauce but the recent scandal that has erupted around controversial photographer Terry Richardson has added a fresh perspective to fashion’s fascination with the female body. This is why you should check out Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion before it closes in London on 12 November.
The female body is the blueprint for everything from the designer envisioning the collection to sexualised and depicted glamour shoots you see spread across billboards and fashion magazines. A group of photographers have and come together challenge this notion and explore the role of the female body in contemporary fashion photography. Exhibition curators Holly Hay, Art Buyer at Dazed Media Studio, and Shonagh Marshall, curator of numerous Somerset House exhibitions, have linked up with luxury online retailer THE OUTNET.COM on a three-part tour of the exhibition that started in London.
Images were collated from 2010 until now from celebrated photographers such as Charlie Engman, Johnny Dufort, Marton Perlaki, LCF alumna Coco Capitan and Zoe Ghertner amongst others will be on display alongside seminal. The exhibition uses the images to chart a movement in which the body is captured in extraordinary gestures and poses, tracing a new aesthetic in fashion photography over seven years ago and continues to develop today.
If the industry wants to move forward from the depiction of the female body, it needs to look at the female body through a different lens, which is exactly what this exhibition sets out to intend. So head down before it closes next Sunday 12 November, otherwise, you’ll have to catch it in December with a film, shown at Art Basel in Miami Beach, and will conclude with a book, Posturing: Writing the Body in Fashion released in March next year.
Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion is on at 10, Thurloe Place, SW7, from November 2nd to November 12th