KENSINGTON PALACE PAYS TRIBUTE TO ULTIMATE STYLE ICON THAT WAS PRINCESS DIANA

Une expo qui vaut le détour si vous êtes à Londres. An exhibition that is worth a detour if you are in London.

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One of the most photographed women in the world, she inspired millions of women and designers the world over with her impeccable red carpet looks.

Now, nearly 20 years since her death in Paris in a car accident (on the 31st of August, 1997), Princess Diana is being celebrated as the fashion icon she was in a beautiful exhibition held in the place she called home for over 15 years, Kensington Palace. A great occasion to witness the late Royal’s evolution from a shy debutante with a country girl style to a daring fashionista who communicated through her clothes.

The exhibitionDiana: Her Fashion Story” starts with the Emanuel pale pink chiffon blouse she wore during her first official portrait in 1981 captured by Lord Snowdon and follows with the Bill Pashley brown tweet suit the princess famously wore on her honeymoon in Balmoral in 1981. As time went by, Diana clearly grew more confident, even making comments on the sketches that were sent to her for approval, and in the latter years of her life, thanks in part to her supermodel figure that made any dress she wore look fantastic, it was obvious that Diana no longer followed trends but instead set them. From the sleeveless above the knee outfit she wore to a Christies Auction Gala in New York in 1997, to the green silk velvet evening gown with diamond buttons she wore for a 1997 Vanity Fair photo shoot by Mario Testino, both dresses Catherine Walker creations, she was by then in full control of her image and definitely helped put British fashion designers on the map.

The 25 dresses on display have been lent back by private owners who had acquired them during the famous aforementioned auction where the princess put 79 of her gowns up for auction for charity.

This exhibition is just one of the many events that are going to be organized this year to commemorate the life of Princess Diana. Already, some 12,000 of her favourite flowers, including narcissi, tulips and roses, have recently burst into life thanks to the early spring weather. Created by the gardeners at Kensington Palace, this temporary White Garden was inspired by Diana’s white “Elvis” Catherine Walker dress that is on display, and also includes a few touches of colour in tribute to the Princess’s sense of fun and spirit.

CONTACT DETAILS
Kensington Palace
Kensington Gardens
London W8 4PX
United Kingdom

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER MARCO GLAVIANO THE TOAST OF MONACO

Belle expo photo actuellement en cours à Monaco. Beautiful photo exhibit currently under way in Monaco.

Renowned fashion photographer Marco Glaviano is the subject of an exhibition currently underway in the Principality.

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He has photographed some of the world’s most famous supermodels of the roaring 80’s, such as Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Claudia Schiffer and Paulina Porizkova. His work has been published in some of the most important fashion magazines around the globe, such as Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, and American Vogue. He has also shot glamourous campaigns for the likes of Gorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Revlon, l’Oréal and Valentino, as well as founding Pier 59 in New York, still recognized today as the most well-known studio in the world.

Now after 50 years producing stunning fashion images, iconic photographer Marco Glaviano is being celebrated by the Principality of Monaco with an exhibition co-produced by Space SBH Contemporary Art Gallery and Muse Cultural Consulting, that runs until the 2nd of October at the Monaco Modern Art gallery.

The Sicilian-born artist started out his career by taking shots of jazz musicians, but quickly turned his attention towards the fashion world to become one of the most sought after photographers in the industry, thanks to his mostly black and white pictures which oozed with sensuality and femininity.

His impressive portfolio includes many nude images of beautiful women captured in extraordinary landscapes, portraits of jazz icons, as well as many shots taken in St. Barth. Most of them are on display at the exhibition, but what makes it particularly special is that two new limited collections are also presented. The first one contains 12 pieces that reproduce the famous Cindy Crawford kiss in all the different pop art colours, while the second one is comprised of 12 pieces representing the most famous top models Glaviano has worked with during his extensive career.

When looking at those pictures, it is easy to understand why the Italian artist’s work is highly collectable and found in some of the world’s leading museums and private collections.

The Marco Glaviano exhibition at the Monaco Modern Art gallery runs until the 2nd of October 2016. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm.

CONTACT DETAILS
Monaco Modern Art Gallery
27, avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Tel: + 377 92 16 71 17

 

All images courtesy Monaco Modern Art gallery; Supermodels photo – Cindy Crawford St Barth, 1991, Paulina Porizkova New York, 1982, Olga Serova St Barth, 2006