Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Alice Springs at N°10 Corso Como

I have already declared my love for N°10 Corso Como, and have to do so again, as a recent visit proved to be particularly worthwhile: the adjacent exhibition space (Galleria Carla Sozzani) is hosting, in collaboration with the Helmut Newton Foundation, a retrospective on Alice Springs', aka June Newton, work.

She may be the less well known of the Newton couple, but Alice // June was particularly prolific during the 70s and 80s, when she took countless portraits of all the big names in fashion, from Thierry Mugler to Vivienne Westwood. The selection is concise yet encompasses a wide spectrum of her work: first her portraits, which are strikingly human, then there's also her work for magazines such as Vogue, Interview, Vanity Fair, to name a few, and a cigarette campaign which made her breakthrough.
It's refreshing to see her work in a light that isn't one overshadowed by the fame of her husband, to see it stand in its own space in all its glory.

What better way to spend an afternoon than browsing through the most beautiful bookshop of Milan, followed by this kind of retrospective (plus stop in the café, of course)? 


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