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.

 

Oh, you pretty things!

During Fashion Week I attended Oh You Pretty Things at Liberty of London. The exhibition showcases works by the likes of Alice Hawkins, Dan Jackson, Josh Olins, Angelo Pannetta and Jacob Sutton – all members of the new breed of fashion photographers.

While fashion photography can often (legitimately) be dismissed as a commercial vehicle merely designed to sell a product, I value those photographers and publications who have championed the medium as an art form, rather than commercial venture. I see photographers such as Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, and Annie Leibovitz as true artists, and their works allow an accessible peek into the cultural trends of the day.

I honestly want to buy some of these to display as art. Anyone want to invest a few thousand pounds in my art collection….?

On the subject of fashion photography – if you find yourself in London, be sure to check out the Irving Penn Portraits exhibition on now until 6 June at the National Portrait Gallery.

Love, Miss B xx

* First image from Liberty.co.uk