Known as the world’s most recognisable fashion and portrait photographer, Richard Avedon has produced stunning work that spans 60 years. His photographs brought us face-to-face with legends such as Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Elton John, and Prince. From actors, dancers, activists, musicians, and more, Avedon is known for his legendary fashion photographs.
Appreciating his work, a new major Richard Avedon exhibition will be coming to Milan with help from Versace. The exhibition “Richard Avedon: Relationships” at the Royal Palace of Milan will be produced and organized by Palazzo Reale and Skira Editore as well as promoted by Comune di Milano-Cultura in collaboration with the Center for Creative Photography, and the Richard Avedon Foundation.
The exhibition will be showcasing work from the great American photographer whose longstanding creative collaboration with Gianni and Donatella Versace came to define Versace’s iconic image.
“Trust. For me, that is the foundation of the best relationships. With Avedon, there was absolute trust. Trust in his light. Trust in his storytelling. Trust in our shared vision. Trust in our relationship. Avedon and Versace are inseparable. Gianni and I loved working with Avedon. We loved coming up with the story of the campaign together and watching as he and the incredible models brought that story to life. With or without the clothes. Iconic is an over-used word but these images are truly iconic,” said Donatella Versace.
The exhibition will highlight 100 iconic fashion photographs and portraits from the extensive collection at the Center for Creative Photography, to explore Avedon’s approach to photographing people. The selection includes original prints from Versace campaign shoots taken during the 1990s, including photographs featuring Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Shalom Harlow. Included in the exhibition space are archival interviews with Gianni Versace from 1994, and a new interview with Donatella Versace where both discuss their relationship with Avedon and his work.
The exhibition is now open and will run until 29 January 2023.
All images courtesy of Versace & Getty Images