Who? Curator Jonathan Chauveau's Cover Girl exhibition, which focuses on a move away from clichéd perceptions of femininity, opens at the Galerie des Galeries in Paris today, on the final day of the couture shows.
What? Cover Girl showcases ten works, each of which explores the notion of the 'beautiful woman' in fashion, from a more unusual perspective. The exhibition also includes an arresting selection of covers published by the renowned French department store Galeries Lafayette between 1906 and 1968.
Why? The cover of a fashion magazine does more than simply bind the pages together: it provides a showcase for fashion photography, a platform that can lead and define contemporary views of ‘beauty'. Centered on this theme, Cover Girl is split into three categories: those directly influenced by fashion photography, those that channel political and social messages and those which view fashion photography as a means of artistic endeavour.
Cover Girl at Galerie des Galeries, Paris until 19 March 2011.
Text by Fiona Cook