New Richard Avedon Retrospective to Showcase Early Collaboration with Versace

An exhibition honoring the work of photographer Richard Avedon will debut in Milan during September fashion week.

The exhibition, housed in the Palazzo Reale in Milan, will feature more than 100 iconic photographs and works by Avedon.

Spanning a career spanning more than sixty years, the retrospective features loans from the collection of the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) in Tucson and the Richard Avedon Foundation. Both Vogue Italia and Versace have teamed up to bring the exhibition to Milan, which will be curated by Rebecca Senf, the CCP’s head of collection.

The exhibition will feature a special section dedicated to the collaboration between Avedon and Gianni Versace, which began with the campaign for Versace’s Spring Summer 1980 collection, until Spring Summer 1998, the first designed by Donatella Versace.

A release about the exhibition states: “Avedon’s work for Versace is a representation of how that unique relationship sometimes created between designer and photographer can produce images destined for a realm beyond time, definitively beyond the defined narrative for which they were originally intended.” were, coupled with, to revolutionize the global story.”

“Thanks to his gaze, Avedon was one of the few photographers to interpret the avant-garde of Gianni Versace and illustrate the style and elegance of the Italian designer, as well as the radicalism of his fashion. Avedon’s abstract language is set in a compressed space. that amplifies the figures making them absolute and makes the choreography of the bodies of some of the most celebrated supermodels of the time explode, in convulsive, syncopated movements, emphasizing the form and materiality of the clothes they wear, as in the case of the 1993 Spring/Summer Collection campaign starring Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, Aya Thorgren and Shalom Harlow.”

The exhibition also features a selection of portraits of entertainment celebrities, actors, dancers, musicians, as well as civil rights activists, politicians and writers. The latter merged with the portfolio The Family, created in 1976 for Rolling Stone magazine, which documented the elite of American political power.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog published by Skira with texts by James Martin, Donatella Versace, Rebecca Senf, Maria Luisa Frisa.

The exhibition runs from September 22 to January 29, 2023.

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