GALLERIA DALLAS CELEBRATES THE AGE OF THE SUPERMODEL: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF DONNA DEMARI

Galleria Dallas in collaboration with 1814 MAGAZINE and the Texas Fashion Collection, part of the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design will present Age of the Supermodel: The Photographs of Donna DeMari September 15 – October 28, 2018, on Level I, south end at Galleria Dallas.

In 1991, celebrated fashion photographer Donna DeMari was commissioned by British Vogue and its legendary editor Liz Tilberis to photograph the Fall / Winter Haute Couture Season from a unique vantage point… backstage. At that point in time, very few people had ever been granted access to the inner sanctum of models, designers, and the secrets behind haute couture.

Armed with a Nikon F2, a few rolls of film per show, and shooting only with available light, Donna began to document the unguarded moments of the world’s most beautiful women in the most exquisite designs of Pierre Balmain, Chanel, Jean Louis Scherrer, Guy Laroche, Emanuel Ungaro, Christian LaCroix, Valentino, Givenchy, and Lanvin.

ChristyTurlington, Lacroix, Paris, 1991 © Donna DeMari
ChristyTurlington, Lacroix, Paris, 1991 © Donna DeMari

These previously unpublished photographs of Linda Evangelista, Carla Bruni, Naomi Campbell, Gisele Zelauy, Yasmeen Ghuri, Christy Turlington, Heather Stewart-Whyte, Susie Bick, Tatjana Patitz, Kristen McMenamy, Nadia Auerman, Claudia Mason, and Karen Mulder among others, offer a rare glimpse into the world of haute couture during the Age of The Supermodel.

This multi-media exhibition includes 56 backstage photographs from the 91 / 92 Haute Couture Season, rare video footage, and related haute couture pieces (courtesy of UNT’s Texas Fashion Collection).

“Galleria Dallas is proud to host this amazing collection of historic fashion images and the garments showcased by them” remarks Martha Hinojosa, Director of Marketing for Galleria Dallas. “We have a strong history of bringing fashion and its history to life in our space, and we are committed to creating interactive, educational and entertaining experiences such as this for the shoppers of North Texas.”

Donna DeMari is an American photographer who began her career in Milan, Italy. Inspired by Sarah Moon, she took her first trip to Italy at the age of 19 where she was introduced to Toscani who encouraged her to shoot fashion. DeMari’s iconic images have appeared in numerous publications including Italian VogueBritish VogueAustralian VogueL’Officiel, and French Marie Claire.

Naomi Campbell, Lacroix, Paris, 1991 © Donna DeMari
Naomi Campbell, Lacroix, Paris, 1991 © Donna DeMari

She was the first woman to shoot the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 1995 and 1996. She was featured in the ABC television special “The Making Of The Swimsuit Edition“, and the focus of a VH1 Fashion Television Special, which explored her views as a female fashion photographer.

A full program of events and lectures will be offered during the course of the exhibition including an opening and artist reception with photographer Donna DeMari, an artist talk with Donna DeMari, haute couture from the models’ perspective, and a discussion on the history and art of haute couture with Annette Becker, Director of UNT Texas Fashion Collection.

Linda Evangelista, Valentino, Paris, 1991 © Donna DeMari
Linda Evangelista, Valentino, Paris, 1991 © Donna DeMari

Age of the Supermodel: The Photographs of Donna DeMari is curated by Michael Thomas, Editor and Publisher 1814 MAGAZINE, and Jocelyn Meintser, Senior Editor 1814 MAGAZINE. The haute couture elements exhibited are curated by Annette Becker, Director of UNT Texas Fashion Collection.

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