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.
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.
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.
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?
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