5 fashion exhibitions in September

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Historically fashion and art have always gone hand-in-hand, often bordering one on the other. Thanks to Milano Fashion Week, and its increasingly inclusive collateral events, this is never more evident than in Milano every September with the mega explosion of stand-out colours, stimuli and concepts. 

 

Particularly this year where, amongst the many exhibitions in Milano focusing on fashion, we have chosen 5 definitely not to be missed that celebrate the greatest photographers of the twentieth century - Avedon, Gastel, Toscani and Magnum photographers - but also herald new contemporary talent such as American artist Andrea Bowers.

RICHARD AVEDON’S FAMOUS AND INNOVATIVE PORTRAITS

From September 22nd to January 29th - Palazzo Reale

At Palazzo Reale don't miss the works of the great photographer Richard Avedon who revolutionized the aesthetics of fashion photography. His innovative approach transformed his models from static objects into protagonists of the set, he created images that revealed the intimate character of each subject almost startling the viewer with their intensity, and counterposing new and surprising settings. 

 

On display are a large selection of portraits of celebrities from the world of entertainment with actors and musicians but also civil rights activists, politicians and writers including the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Michelangelo Antonioni, Allen Ginsberg, Sofia Loren, Marylin Monroe, the Dalai Lama and two of Andy Warhol.

OPEN-AIR IMAGES AND POEMS BY GIOVANNI GASTEL

From September 20th to October 4th - Via Della Spiga

Those who stroll along via della Spiga, from September 20th, will have the opportunity to admire the city’s homage to the great photographer who contributed to elevating Milano’s international profile and consecrating it as the ‘capital of fashion’. The Fashion Quadrilateral’s iconic street where the great master of Italian fashion photography often worked exhibits 30 artworks, some unpublished, from Giovanni Gastel Flowers series.

 

The works portray female faces of ethereal beauty that seem to blossom like flowers, clinching a harmonious and complicit connection with the external environment.

 

This highly evocative outdoor art gallery - with entry from Via Manzoni and Corso Venezia - is also enhanced by the words that Maestro Gastel shared with us as evidence of the poetic soul within him, feeling and representing the world, reaching beyond his images, transcending time.

OLIVIERO TOSCANI’S MOST ICONIC AND UNPUBLISHED SHOTS

Until September 25th - Palazzo Reale

Oliviero Toscani is a prolific photographer who became famous for his provocative approach that eschewed stereotypes; an artist who revolutionized the world of communication, disengaging advertising campaigns from the product or brand and turning them into a powerful means of raising awareness on current issues. 

 

In addition to the famous portraits of the protagonists of 20th century culture and the incredible selection of human beings immortalized in streets around the world, this unique exhibition layout adorns the walls of Palazzo Reale with posters that evoke the communicative power of advertising billboards. The themes of opposition to racism, war and homophobia are at the forefront.

COLORS, PLACES, FACES. MAGNUM PHOTOS AT ARMANI SILOS

Until November 6th - Armani Silos

A multifaceted narrative of art, journalism and storytelling. The exhibition - curated by Giorgio Armani in collaboration with Magnum Photos - offers an eclectic perspective through the lenses of ten international photographers and their respective understanding of photography.

 

Some of these are contemporary artists, other have passed away but all are united by the collective desire to explore reality and to convey its suggestions and emotions through image 

CONTEMPORARY ART AND FEMALE EMANCIPATION: ANDREA BOWERS FOR FURLA SERIES

From September 15th to December 18th - GAM Modern Art Gallery

In a museum whose collections reference the period between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when the women's rights movement in Italy was taking its first steps, Andrea Bowers' first solo exhibition in an Italian institution - Moving in Space without Asking Permission - is the perfect response.

 

An immersive experience into the artist's work and her commitment to gender equality and women’s rights. Specifically, when art conveys socially relevant messages through the aesthetic power of its languages.

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