Dolce & Gabbana celebrates the launch of its debut makeup collection with “Extreme Beauty in Vogue” an extraordinary exhibition at Milan’s Palazzo della Ragione. Created and curated by American Vogue, the exhibition is designed and art-directed by Jean Nouvel.
The city of Milan and Palazzo Reale have provided the exhibition galleries. An accompanying catalogue will be published by Skira with an essay by Eva Respini. “Extreme Beauty in Vogue” investigates the role of beauty in our culture as seen in a series of images from American Vogue of the past 75 years by the greatest photographers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Always audacious and often outrageous, the works are distinguished by their willingness to explore the limits of contemporary ideas about beauty as we perceive and aspire to it.
From pioneers to modern masters, photographers include George Hoyningen-Huene, Edward Steichen, Erwin Blumenfeld, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz, and Steven Klein. An entire section is devoted to Irving Penn, who transforms the face and body into images of extraordinary imaginative and aesthetic power. Almost 100 images, filtered through the lens of Vogue style, reveal profoundly sensual and highly provocative narratives that bear witness to complex cultural attitudes toward female appearance and self-expression.
“Extreme Beauty in Vogue” opens in Milan March 4, 2009, during the autumn/winter 2009 ready-to-wear collections and runs through May 10, 2009.
Opening Milan, Palazzo della Ragione March 4, 2009
Curator Phyllis Posnick, Executive Fashion Editor, Vogue
Art Direction and Installation Design, Jean Nouvel