Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Italian Vogue, 1984

Paris Fashion / Dovanna, 1984

French Vogue, 1986

L.A Style, 1987

Shoes on Plates, 1984

Hands, 1981 / Shoe, 1987

Grace Jones, 1984

Lisa Lyon, 1983

Jennifer Jakobson, 1980

Maybelle, 1982

Alison Jacques Gallery present a groundbreaking show of works by Robert Mapplethorpe, many photographs being shown for the first time. For Fashion Show, Alison Jacques has collaborated with Mapplethorpe's first long-term boyfriend, model and artist David Croland. He first met Mapplethorpe in 1970 and as his boyfriend was instrumental in ensuring Robert got to know and socialise with some of the most inventive figures in the fashion world.  Silver Gelatin and Polaroid portraits of people such as Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint-Laurent, Ossie Clark, Loulou de la Falaise, Marisa Berenson and Grace Jones form an important facet of this exhibition by giving insights into these icons at important moments in their careers. 

At the core of Fashion Show are photographs Mapplethorpe shot for publications such as Italian VogueFrench Vogue and L.A. Style in the mid- to late-1980s, most of which haven't been exhibited before. Beyond his instantly recognisable mastery of relaying beauty and perfection, in these commissioned works Mapplethorpe employs strong geometric elements and constructed contexts to generate elegant but unusually charged narratives.                                                                 via alisonjacquesgallery.com

Robert Mapplethorpe: Fashion Show is at Alison Jacques Gallery in London, and will run until October 5.

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