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An evening investigating the history of fashion photography

Join us for a talk, museum tour and film screening sharing the history of fashion photography worldwide

The respective histories of fashion and photography are often described as ‘twinned’. Although the disciplines would appear a match made in heaven, their nuanced romance has often been problematic.

Session I:
A Passionate Affair: Fashion Meets Photography

William Ewing, esteemed curator, author and photography specialist, joins SCCI’s international guest lineup with A Passionate Affair: Fashion Meets Photography. From the stylised illustrations of 19th-century fashion plates to 20th-century society photographs, Ewing draws on the career of American artist Edward Steichen (1879-1973), among other stars of fashion photography.

Session II:
Snapped On The Streets of Sydney

The production and consumption of fashion photography did not escape antipodean tastemakers, as seen in The Museum of Sydney’s exhibition Street Photography: 1930-1950, which reveals an Australian eye for who wears what. Now an influential tool of fashion houses and marketing agencies, street photography was once a social record of visibility and fashionability.

Curated by Sydney Living Museum’s Anna Cossu from a wide public call-out, Street Photography 1930-1950 brings together photographs taken on the streets of central Sydney, with images drawn from hundreds of private family albums. Join Anna Cossu on a curator-led tour of the exhibition.

Session III:
Screening: Qui Êtes-Vous, Polly Maggoo? (Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?)

End a day of indulgence in the rich history of fashion and photography with a screening of William Klein’s 1966 seminal film Qui Êtes-Vous, Polly Maggoo? (Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?). Part panegyric, part smear campaign, the film follows an unconventional hero who lacks a sustained identity – a supermodel whose greatest virtue is that people like to take her picture.

As a comment on the precarious relationship between photographers, models, tastemakers and designers, Qui Êtes-Vous, Polly Maggoo? strides through the global fashion industry of the 1960s, constantly returning to its founding obsession: who are you?

Capacity: 126



Wednesday 10 April 2019 from 6pm to 10pm

Due to high demand, booking is essential


Ticket: $40.00

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