Robert Mapplethorpe: Fashion Show
Until Sun Oct 6
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by Permission. Courtesy The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York and Alison Jacques Gallery, London
Time Out says
Thu Aug 15 2013
Gallery owner Alison Jacques has collaborated with Robert Mapplethorpe’s boyfriend, the model and artist David Croland, to gather Mapplethorpe’s key fashion images. Croland was responsible for introducing the celebrated New York photographer to movers and shakers on the New York ‘70s fashion scene. Mapplethorpe died of AIDS in 1989. This exhibition focuses on Mapplethorpe’s style imagery – rather than his saucy S&M series – and includes signature silver gelatin and polaroid portraits of designers of the time including Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint-Laurent and Ossie Clark. Many of the photographs in the show are classic, stylised shots he took for fashion magazines in the ‘80s including Italian Vogue, French Vogue and LA Style. Look out for a series of three portraits of Grace Jones in wire breastplates, camouflaged in Keith Haring body paint. Unusually, as well as his striking monochromatic portraits, there will be a selection of the wearable sculptures and jewellery he made in the ‘70s – shown for the first time in London.