Fans of Juergen Teller’s 2013 exhibition at the ICA – Woo! – rejoice. Making its debut last night in New York, new exhibition Vivienne Westwood, Andreas Kronthaler & Juergen Teller explores the designer couple’s aesthetic relationship with the famed fashion photographer.
First collaborating a decade ago – the latter since lensing Pamela Anderson, Kronthaler and Westwood several times – the trio have most recently worked together on the fashion house’s AW17 campaign. Inspired by Andreas’ Austrian heritage and with references to painter Gustav Klimt, amongst others, the collection elsewhere boasts the fashion house’s distinctive absurdist punk vibe.
“For 10 years I’m working with Vivienne and Andreas and every time I find it super exciting,” notes Teller of the partnership. Transforming the label’s six storey French Beaux-Arts building (read: New York flagship store) into a gallery space, the show – set to tour further afield than the NY postcode, in case you were wondering – showcases a mix of portraits, campaigns, political satire and editorials as well as more art focused projects created by the trio.
“If Renoir arranges a vase of flowers he sometimes turns it around and paints it from the back,” says Kronthaler, “Juergen can do the same – it is this spontaneity which I love.” “[He’s] got something very rare,” agrees Westwood. “He’s got really good taste and more than anything that makes him good at his work. Juergen somehow always manages to get the picture, he gets to the route of the matter every time when he takes a photograph.”
Even better, fans, those both near and far from the state (Europe and Asia included) can take the show home, with a new book of the same name landing in tandem with New York Fashion Week. Published by InOtherWords, it’ll highlight the contrasts of the eclectic collab and no doubt make a smart addition to any coffee table.