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June 8, 2014

Mario Testino: Extremes

The Fashion Photographer's Eye for Erotica with Gisele, Isabeli Fontana and Anja Rubik

From high-gloss nudes to slick-skinned supermodels, highlights from Mario Testino’s three-decade career are brought together in Extremes, a new solo exhibition at Yvon Lambert gallery in Paris. After arriving in London in the 1970s, the photographer waited tables and sold portfolios to aspiring models for £25 while learning the tricks of the trade. Following breakout commissions in international Vogues, he was soon shooting campaigns for Burberry, Miu Miu and Gucci, but he has recently expanded his body of work with a tribute to traditional Peruvian costumes, Alta Moda, which translates as “high fashion” in Spanish. Extremes presents this five-year project for the first time in Europe, as well as showcasing his close-knit relationship with the celebrity world (he has shot royalty as well as Hollywood favorites). “His sense of fashion has transformed many of his portraits into icons,” notes the opening statement of the exhibition catalog. “Anyone whom he photographs embodies the spirit of the moment.”

Extremes is at Yvon Lambert from June 6 through July 24, 2014.

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Hans Feurer: Exotic Eye

A New Monograph Celebrates the Sensual Fashion Photographer’s Singular Vision

Supermodel Iman is obscured by an explosion of colorful fabric and slick-skinned glamazons pose on Togo beach in Hans Feurer’s tantalizing images. This fall, the Swiss-born photographer’s oeuvre is brought together for the first time in a new monograph published by Damiani: the eponymous tome features collaborations with Emmanuelle Alt, Grace Coddington and his one-time assistant Patrick Demarchelier. Inspired by a two-year road trip across Africa in the mid-60s, Feurer took to fashion photography and became a regular in Elle, Vogue and, later, i-D, while also creating era-defining campaigns for Kenzo. The self-proclaimed “observer” rarely retouches his images, and instead plays with texture, motion and shadow. “The figures in Feurer’s dreamlike images are feminine: strong women, natural beauties, women in war paint, women in motion, women without makeup, women without clothes, women in veils, women on horseback,” writes New York-based curator Gianni Jetzer in the foreword to the book. “Feurer describes himself as a feminist who has the utmost respect for female intelligence. He thinks that our planet would be in better hands, if it were run by women.”

Hans Feurer is published by Damiani this September. A selection of photographs will be exhibited at Colette from September 2 to October 5.

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Amphitheatre

Celebrating the Cinematic Heritage of Italian Luxury House Fendi

Captured on celluloid by Luchino Visconti, Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson, Fendi has collaborated extensively with filmmakers since the early 1970s. Celebrating this cinematic alliance, and coinciding with today’s opening of Fendi’s new boutique in Milan, the exhibition Making Dreams: Fendi and the Cinema will be unveiled this Saturday within the opulent surroundings of the Mario Cavallè-designed Cinema Manzoni. Featuring today’s short Amphitheatre, a visual salute of Rome’s legendary Cinecittà studios, the grand show is curated by the multidisciplinary creative directors, Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda. “As a little girl, film screenings were events in their own right,” remembers Director of the Italian luxury fashion house Silvia Venturini Fendi of her personal connection to film. “The cinema would enter our house and the whole event would be met with a religious silence.” In part examining the costuming of several seminal films in which Fendi has played a key role, including James Bond caper Never Say Never Again (1983), Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence (1993) and Luca Guadagnino’s I am Love (2009), the show opens ahead of the restoration of Visconti’s award-winning 1974 release Gruppo di famiglia in un Interno (Conversation Piece) and a book on the film by Rizzoli.

Making Dreams: Fendi and the Cinema runs at the Cinema Manzoni from September 21 through October 6.
Find more information on the exhibition here.

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