Wednesday, 21 November 2012

London Calling - about a story teller and a master of couture

Just one week, and I am in London  for a weekend! I have found two great exhibitions which are both in the Somerset House, which is famous for the London Fashion Week.

The topic is fashion, seen from different perspectives. The first exhibition "Story Teller" takes us to the surreal world created by fashion photographer Tim Walker. Whereas the second one shows us the world of fashion through the eyes of designer Valentino - "Master of Couture".

Tim Walker - self portrait with cakes
Valentino & Red

When you find yourself suddenly surrounded by

80 white rabbits,
20 ballerinas,
17 mirrored geese,
250 ostrich eggs (sprayed gold),
1 box of giant hands,
20 Christmas trees
and 1 Rolls-Royce

you are not dreaming; you might have ended up on a photo setting of Tim Walker. He is one of the most exciting and influential fashion photographers working today and his imagination seems to be sheer limitless. While he claims, that the camera ‘is simply a box put between you and what you want to capture’ the exhibitions shows a glimpse of Walker's surreal world: there are installations and a selection of the extraordinary props and models on show like the giant grotesque dolls for Italian Vogue and an almost life-size replica of a doomed Spitfire fighter plane.


"Valentino: Master of Couture" 

celebrates the life and work of the fashion designer. We all have the famous Valentino Red in mind and the exhibition will showcase exquisite haute couture designs worn by style icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren.


The exhibition gives a private view of Valentino's world through photographs from his personal archive, offering an intimate portrait of the life of the master. The second part takes the visitor on a journey into the secretive world of Italian couture. While walking on the catwalk one hundred and thirty Valentino haute couture designs can be seen.

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