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Group show: Killer Looks: Iconic Fashion Photography (over)

28 March 2008 until 4 May 2008
  William Klein
William Klein
Smoke and Veil
"Smoke and Veil", Paris (for Vogue), Silver Gelatin Print, 15 1/10 x 13 2/5 inches
1958 Contessa Gallery

Contessa Gallery
Legacy Village. 24667 Cedar Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44124
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Killer Looks: Iconic Fashion Photography

Extensive collection of vintage and limited-edition photographs representing some of the most iconic images of style and glamour along with revealing portraits of actors, models, politicians and everyday fashions of the 20th century.

Contessa Gallery Announces

Cleveland, Ohio, March 28 - May 4

The Contessa Gallery at Legacy Village launches the new year with an exclusive world-class exhibition of photographs by such notables in the fashion world as Richard Avedon, Horst P. Horst, William Klein, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Nina Leen, Gjon Mili and John Dominis. The gallery will also premier ten iconic LIFE images in a large
scale 30 x 40" size.

Opening receptions with renowned LIFE Magazine photographer John Dominis to be held at our Legacy Village Location:

24667 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124
Friday, March 28 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat., March 29 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John Dominis will give a lecture both nights at 7:30 pm.
Please R.S.V.P. if you would like to attend at 216.382.7800.

While created for the distinct purpose of marketing fashion, this genre of photography has nevertheless earned its place in the art world, further blurring the line between advertising and art. Over time, fashion photography has developed its own aesthetic in which the clothes and style are enhanced by exotic locations and story lines. During the last few years, a growing number of museums have begun exhibiting both contemporary and vintage fashion photography. The exhibition at the Contessa Gallery will celebrate some of the most prolific and influential contributors to this exciting artistic genre.

Richard Avedon's career as a fashion and portrait photographer spanned six decades in the 20th and 21st centuries, leaving an indelible impression on American culture. The early years of Avedon's distinguished career were spent photographing the era's leading models in designer clothing for magazines such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.

Horst P. Horst had his first one-man exhibition in 1932, which made him instantly famous. During his career he photographed countless celebrities including Bette Davis, Noel Coward, Yvonne Printemps, Lisa Fonssagrives, Marlene Dietrich, and others. One of the great iconic photos by Horst, "The Mainbocher Corset" with its erotically charged mystery, continues to be an inspiration for designers today and will be on view at Contessa Gallery.

With his shots of the 1950s and 1960s and his ironic approach to the world of fashion, William Klein created an uncompromising rejection of the then prevailing rules of photography. Hired as a Vogue photographer in 1954, he strived to eliminate mundane fashion poses, taboos and cliches. He worked with unconventional wide angles, lighting, and flash effects, as well as with intentional motion blurs. Thus, he established a reputation as a revolutionary and talented fashion lensman.

Through the years LIFE Magazine photographers delivered numerous depictions of American and global fashion as well as celebrities to its readers. Nina Leen masterfully captured everyday fashions. Gjon Mili's portraits of artists, musicians, and other notables were always revered for their stunning visual effects. Alfred Eisenstaedt has photographed more of the world's famous faces than any other photographer in history. They all captured the images that defined fashion in the twentieth century.

The Contessa Gallery is proud to welcome LIFE photographer John Dominis to Cleveland for the opening receptions. In 1950, Dominis joined the staff of LIFE, and later became photo editor of People magazine and then Sports Illustrated. His photographs, taken over a career of sixty years, have captured the personal style of Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Steve McQueen, Robert Redford and countless other icons of our time.

The exhibition will also offer a unique opportunity for collectors to see for the first time the marriage of the most compelling and famous LIFE images with large-scale format. The Contessa Gallery will display these new fine-art limited-edition prints in a 30 x 40" size.

To receive images of the works, more information or to arrange media interviews with John Dominis, please contact Steve Hartman at 216.382.7800 at the gallery, or on his cell phone 216.956.2825.

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