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September 13, 2014

Inez & Vinoodh: Transformers

The Photography Duo Map their Visual History for Aperture Magazine

Husband-and-wife photographers Inez & Vinoodh have lent their shape-shifting vision to the fashion world’s leading editors at Vogue, W and Self Service. After over 25 years of service, the image-makers have translated their fluency by guest-editing the fall issue of photography institution, Aperture. “I was interested in the history of fashion photography,” says editor Michael Famighetti of handing over the reigns to the Dutch couple for the quarterly’s first fashion issue in 20 years. “And Inez & Vinoodh’s practice is always reflecting on the medium of photography itself.” Today’s retrospective portfolio taken from the fall edition distils the duo’s pioneering use of digital effects to play hypnotic visual tricks on the viewer. Giving a rare glimpse into their kinetic psyche, the photographers embark in a dialogue on old references—Richard Hamilton's “Fashion-Plate” made the cover—and new talents like the street photographer Daniel Arnold.

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Katsuya Kamo: Head First 

Reflecting on the Junya Watanabe Collaborator's Non-Conformist Hairstyling and Millinery 

The surrealistic head-top assemblages of Katsuya Kamo are paid homage to by 100 Headpieces, a new exhibition and accompanying book from Tokyo’s Lafforet Museum. The show displays many of his most prominent designs for the first time, and this curated collation showcases haute-couture work and magazine editorials alongside personal polaroids and intimate collages. Kamo entered fashion working with Junya Watanabe at Comme des Garçons in 1996—he created feathered structures for the Japanese designer in his own Spring 2012 show— going on to work on campaigns for Fendi, Chanel and Maison Martin Margiela, alongside commissions for Paris and Italian Vogue, The New York Times and Dazed & Confused. “Collaborating with Mr. Kamo is an incredible experience,” says Nicola Formichetti, whose work with the visionary milliner can be seen in today’s striking images. “I think of him as an artist or head sculptor. It’s so inspiring seeing him work, creating beautiful, magical pieces.”

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Acne Paper: Screen Test

Unlikely Starlets Herald the Latest Issue of the Cult Fashion Title

Taking cues from a darkly-hued Hollywood noir aesthetic, the multifaceted allure of ‘the actress’ is captured in this series taken by British photographer Daniel Jackson. An excerpt from the 15th edition of Acne Paper, the foolscap-sized cultural bi-annual conceived by the eponymous Swedish label out this weekend, the shoot was styled by the title's Fashion Director Mattias Karlsson. Calling upon an international cast of starlets including child prodigy Onata Aprile, 1960s stage actress Dina Paisner and cult blogger Karley Sciortino, Karlsson dressed them in designers including Stella McCartney, Yohji Yamamoto and Prada. “We decided to be spontaneous and playful, to create a character then and there,” he explains of the cinematic moments the pair staged with 13 lesser-known screen starlets. “The cross-section of women represent our interest in merging different generations,” says Editor-in-Chief Thomas Persson of Jennifer Venditti’s dynamic casting. “It created the right kind of rhythm being so fresh and modern and colorful. We wanted to feature fascinating people, who might not necessarily be super global mega stars.”

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