A new Rizzoli release pays due to the Belgian designer’s mark on the fashion world with words from Patti Smith:
Shadows fell on the girl who had recorded Horses. At a time of deep loneliness she received a package from Antwerp—an exquisite white box tied with black ribbon—like a photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe. She set it on her worktable by the window, laid the ribbons aside, and raised the lid. There, beneath layers of immaculate tissue, were three white shirts. She unfolded and spread them in the light, examining every stitch. I understood that I was not alone. When at long last I stepped back upon the stage, the girl of Flanders brushed the dust from my shoulder, adjusted my collar, and laced my boots.—Patti Smith
Ahead of her much-anticipated first London exhibition this month, NOWNESS presents an exclusive edit of images from maverick fashion photographer Vivianne Sassen’s ‘In & Out of Fashion.’
Poised between fashion photography and art, Sassen’s work has always eschewed the industry’s lustre in favour of disorientating compositions and her distinct brand of snapshot surrealism. The Dutch photographer continues to disrupt the genteel fashion image with her immersive installation for ‘Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992 – 2012’ at the Photographer’s Gallery, incorporating two video feeds of scrolling images with mirrors and shifting projections, and a short stop-motion film.