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Thursday, 1st Aug 2013
We recently came across the work of photographer George Plemper, whose A Moment in Time series captures British youth culture in the late 70s and early 80s. The documentary project is largely set around the estates and community centres of Woolwich and Thamesmead, with the photographer shooting hundreds of portraits of the young people he encountered day to day.
Boy in Parka, Goudhurst, Kent, 1977
Sam Uba, Riverside School, Thamesmead, 1978
Gary and Justine, Woolwich Dockyard, 1981
Speaking of the project, George mentions that he wasn't originally sure what to do with the images, admitting that his "negatives and photographs sat mouldering in the back of my garage for 30 years before the wonders of the digital age allowed me to rescue them." The series has received a brilliant response on photo-sharing site flickr, as well as being mentioned on several blogs.
Thursday, 29th Mar 2012
The Creative Collaboration Between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt and William Claxton
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is currently playing host to a selection of photographs and films that explore the role of 60s icon Peggy Moffitt as a muse for fashion designer Rudi Gernreich and her late husband, the photographer William Claxon. Whilst London and Italy are often credited as the birthplace of Mod, California born Moffitt established herself as 'the American Twiggy' with her Vidal Sassoon asymmetric haircut and kabuki-inspired heavy eye make-up and false lashes.
Peggy Moffitt modelling a Rudi Gernreich design,1968, photo by William Claxton
The designer Rudi Gernreich became well known for his futuristic and boundary pushing modernist designs, and lived by the motto “fashion will go out of fashion”. Together with Moffitt and William Claxon, the trio became central figures on the Los Angeles art scene in the 1960s and ‘70s and were well known for their friendships and collaborations with other key influencers. For a short period of time Gernreich extended his talents to mainstream sportswear and swimwear manufacturers, and received recognition and awards for new innovations such as the knitted tube dress and the first unconstructed swimsuit. After a while the designer grew tired of the commercial compromises he was forced to make and, never one to shy away from controversy, Gernreich caused a media frenzy in 1964 when he presented Moffitt wearing the very first ‘topless swimsuit’.
Peggy Moffitt modelling a Rudi Gernreich design, 1971, photo by William Claxton
William Claxton started out as one of America’s most famous Jazz photographers, who also became known for his celebrity portraits and album cover designs. After shooting Gernreich's designs in 1957, Claxton went on to marry his muse and create what was is deemed as many as the first fashion film: Basic Black: William Claxton w/ Peggy Moffitt (1967). The exhibition explores how these three creatives independently and collectively made their mark on the world of fashion, film and photography. Christopher Claxton, the son of Moffitt and Claxton and Director of the Claxton Archive has helped coordinate the presentation of photographs and films alongside curator Cameron Silver, assisted by Ethel Seno and Jhordan Dahl.
The Total Look: The Collaboration Between Rudi Gernrich, Peggy Moffitt and William Claxton is open now until 27th May 2012, at the MOCA Pacific Design Centre. For more information, including ticket prices and directions, click HERE.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Friday, 15th Apr 2011
The Fashion and Textile Museum presents the work of Justin de Villeneuve; a high profile photographer throughout the 60s and 70s who started his career as manager to model and Mod icon 'Twiggy' at the height of her career. Creating some of the most well-known images of the era, Justin shot the portrait of Twiggy and David Bowie in Paris that would later become the iconic cover to the artist's album 'Pin-Ups'.
Twiggy with David Bowie for the cover of his 'Pin Ups' album - Justin de Villeneuve, 1973
The Justin de Villeneuve exhibition 'Fashion and Fame: Photographs 1968 - 1973' is open until Monday 25th April at The Fashion and Textile Museum, London. Please note that due to limited access, pre-booking is required. Visit The Fashion and Textile Museum for further information.