London: Tim Walker’s Fashion Fairytale

Yesterday morning, I had a breakfast date with Mulberry and Tim Walker to celebrate the launch of Tim’s Story Teller exhibition at Somerset House. It has been a whirlwind of a week (in a wonderful way), and I couldn’t think of a lovelier way to start a busy day in Parliament than by escaping into the fantasy worlds of my favourite English brand and my favourite photographer.

For those not immediately familiar with his work (though I’m certain you all will have seen his work within the covers of Vogue), Tim is a fashion photographer unlike any other. Unsatisfied by the easy aesthetic appeal of a beautiful girl in a beautiful dress, Tim creates fantastical fairytales driven by the most elaborate narratives. Imagine if your wildest childhood daydreams of gargantuan dolls and animated woodland creatures became a reality, throw in a sprinkling of couture, and you’re on the right page.

If you find yourself in London between now and January, I can’t recommend a visit to the exhibition enough. I don’t want to give everything away, suffice to say the exhibition is a showcase of many of Tim’s most beautiful portraits and editorials, all brought to life by many of his most extravagant props (of the grandest proportions) that will make you squeal with delight. I had only intended to stop by the exhibition for the briefest period (given the fact I was meant to be in about six places at once), but I was so caught up in the view of the world as seen through Tim’s extraordinary lens that, like Alice in her Wonderland, I fell down that rabbit hole and wasn’t sure when I wanted to return to reality.

Eventually, return to reality I did. I bid one last ‘cheerio’ to the human-sized bumble bee playing a double bass (obviously) and skipped back to Westminster, inspired by Tim to keep that lens through which I view the world permanently rose-tinted.

I’d love to hear about any wonderful exhibitions you’ve been visiting lately!

Love, Miss B xx

Story Teller, the exhibition is supported by Mulberry and is on at Somerset House, London from today until 27th January 2013 (daily between 10:00-18:00) and admission is free. Somerset House will also be screening a number of classic films, curated by Tim, throughout the duration of the exhibition. The Story Teller book is available on Amazon here.


17 thoughts on “London: Tim Walker’s Fashion Fairytale

  1. Tim Walker is one of my all time favourite photographers, so I’m slightly gutted to be missing out on this exhibition – if only it could have been in London last year! Thanks for the photos though, makes me feel like I can see at least a little bit of it!

  2. This exhibition looks amazing! I’ll deffinately be going there soon! I’ve been to the Frieze art fair last weekend and it was really amazing too.. I have a list of art exhibitions to go to in the coming weeks: edge of Arabia, mr.brainwash, barbican gallery, and now this one!
    I love london!!

  3. I recently visited the Chanel Little Black Jacket exhibition which was ace -have you been? I think you would love it. I am definitely going to visit the Tim Walker exhibition, it looks amazing.

  4. Oh, what a treat! I’ve loved Tim Walker’s work for ages. It used to be one of my favorite things to show students because it always blew them away.


  5. Oh. this is so yummy. I love Tim Walker for the same precise reason: he creates a different world, a wonderful parallel universe. It takes both a lot of effort and a lot of imagination to bring that to life. I admire him.


  6. I wish I could make a visit to this exhibit by January! I have yet to travel to London…almost unheard of working in fashion in Southern California! The exhibit looks fascinating….so much creativity and talent. Thank you for sharing. P.S. I love your writing….inspires me for my own blog:)

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