"Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue" Exhibition
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21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is pleased to announce a new exhibition, "Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue," opening to the public on September 16, 2011. The exhibition will focus on the collaborative work of legendary photographer Irving Penn and renowned designer Issey Miyake.
Issey Miyake's first encounter with Irving Penn was in 1983. On assignment for American Vogue, Penn photographed Miyake's clothing for an editorial feature. The perspective in these photographs startled Miyake as he suddenly saw his designs through a totally new set of eyes. As a direct result, Miyake asked Penn to photograph his designs. Over the next 13 years, from 1987 through the Autumn/Winter Collection of 1999, Irving Penn photographed Issey Miyake's biennial collections. Miyake never attended the photo sessions but instead chose to entrust the vision of his clothes entirely to Penn. The unusual decision to offer Penn complete freedom gave rise to an incredible "visual dialogue" between the two artists. The creative pulse of Penn and Miyake's unique collaboration had a lasting effect on their artistic visions. In the end, Penn made over 250 photographs of Miyake's designs, many of which appear in collection posters, were published in art books, or exhibited in museums and cultural institutions.
Under the direction of Midori Kitamura, Miyake's trusted colleague, and an installation design by architect Shigeru Ban, this exhibition features both the individual and collaborative work of Irving Penn and Issey Miyake. In addition to large scale projections of collection photographs by Penn, an animated film by Pascal Roulin with original drawings by Michael Crawford, and Issey Miyake collection posters exhibited collectively for the first time, original photographic prints made by Penn will also be on display along with his preliminary drawings for his photographs of Miyake's designs.