Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Carmen A Life in Fashion

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The life and work of the world's most enduring supermodel, Carmen Dell'Orefice has been extended due to popular demand.
London College of Fashion's Fashion Space Gallery is proud to announce that the first ever exhibition to document the life and work of the world's most enduring supermodel, Carmen Dell'Orefice has been extended due to popular demand.

The exhibition will now be open until Saturday 28th January 2011* so don't miss your chance to see what Grazia magazine describes as a celebration of Carmen's "66 years at the top of the Fashion World!"

Using photographs from Carmen's personal archive, the exhibition tells the story of a shy, skinny New Yorker who began her modelling career aged just 13, in 1945; who blossomed into a high fashion muse in the 1950s, retired and came back in the 80s busier, more celebrated (and more beautiful) than ever.

Along the way she worked with the defining photographers of each successive generation, made her catwalk debut in her sixties, wrote a best selling beauty book and took cameo roles in movies by Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese.

Curated for the Fashion Space Gallery by renowned fashion artist David Downton - a close friend of Carmen's - the exhibition features images by Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Norman Parkinson, Horst P Horst and Lillian Bassman among others. Bringing the portfolio up to date is a stunning set of photographs by Ali Mahdavi, commissioned by London College of Fashion to celebrate Carmen's 80th birthday earlier this year.

David Downton commented, "Carmen is a born image maker and an expert editor of herself, as you can see in this exhibition. In an industry built on hype, hyperbole and the lure of passing fad Carmen's astonishing 66 year career is testament not only to her beauty, but to her wit, wisdom, professionalism and unshakeable resolve."

Carmen herself is sanguine about her achievements and her advice is simple: "Show up for the job. Be careful of the company you keep and have fun...If it's not fun, it's no fun!"

Professor Frances Corner Head of London College of Fashion commented: "We are absolutely delighted to be working with our dear friend and loyal supporter Carmen Dell'Orefice to bring the public this unique exhibition in our Fashion Space Gallery in the heart of the West End. It is a great honour to have access to such personal archives which David Downton has transformed into such a beautiful exhibition. We hope 'Carmen: A life in Fashion' will capture the public imagination and give a rare insight into the world of fashion through the lens of extraordinary photographers such as Avedon and Penn. It has also given us the amazing opportunity to work with Ali Mahdavi whose images of Carmen will be shown for the first time."

This summer Carmen was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University of the Arts London at London College of Fashion's annual graduation ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the fashion industry.

CARMEN: A Life in Fashion
Fashion Space Gallery: London College of Fashion

The FSG is located in the heart of the West End at the London College of Fashion flagship site in John Princes Street.

*In compliance with the University of Arts London annual calendar, the Fashion Space Gallery at London College of Fashion will be closed on Saturday 17 December and from Saturday 24 December 2011 — Tuesday 3 January 2012.

Dates: 16 November 2011 - 28 January 2012 newly extended due to popular demand!

Venue: 20 John Princes Street, W1G 0BJ
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED
Entrance: FREE