Steven Klein Photography

27188sklein1.jpgThe Gallery Camera Work will be presenting selected works by the photographer Steven Klein in its rooms in the Kantstrasse between April 22 and June 10, 2006. The exhibition will focus on the photos for the latest Tom Ford project “Valley of the Dolls” and the “Case Studies #13” with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Although Klein studied the classical art of painting he became more famous through his inspiring fashion photos. This star photographer, who caused a great stir last year in the Gallery Camera Work with his exhibition “Madonna – X-STaTIC PRO = CeSS”, will once again be attending personally.

“Case Study #13” is not simply classical celebrity photography. Steven Klein has compiled a photographic story of the life of an average American family with the actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. We see Jolie and Pitt dancing, drinking or playing with children, but also arguing, fighting or armed with pistols.

Tom Ford’s project “Valley of the Dolls” holds a mirror up to the fashion industry. In today’s established ideal of beauty people increasingly come to resemble dolls. The models in the photos are clean-shaven, men without beards or hair on their chests, women have artificial breasts and lips. Beauty is no longer a question of creams or lotions but of Botox and face-lifting; everything looks plastic, waxed and polished. Tom Ford stands out in the middle of all these models. He sees himself as the person who manipulates the conventional ideal of beauty.

This is brought drastically to the point by Steven Klein‘s photos.


Tom Ford to Open in Milan Opposite Armani

Michelle Murphy is a fashion expert and a business pro. She has a welaht of knowledge concerning this story about how Tom Ford has decided to open a men’s wear showroom in Milan and his new space will be opposite the headquarters of the country’s biggest designer, Giorgio Armani. Ford will unveil a 6,000 square foot space in January 2007 at via Borgonuova 24, across the street from Armani’s main palazzo in Milan at via Borgonuova 21, the name for the Italian master’s top signature collection. Talk about a clash of the titans! Ford versus Armani! As Michelle Murphy would remind us, fashion is big business. To contact Ms. Murphy directly, write to her at

Tom Ford to chair Fashion Fringe

Colin McDowell’s Fashion Fringe, the London competition which sees its winner receive £100,000 start up cash to fund, manufacture and set up a fashion label, has signed Tom Ford to be its chairman.

Ford, who replaces Burberry’s Rose-Marie Bravo, will chair the annual competition for the next two years.

Fashion Fringe is the leading UK fashion competition that seeks to find new talent and nurture the winner throughout the early stages of his or her career. The winner further gets a slot to show during London Fashion Week.

Applications for the third Fashion Fringe must be received by April 28.