I finally made it to this exhibit at the Fondazione Palazzo Ruspoli Memmo on Via del Corso. It opened in July and closes on November 23rd. The show is co-hosted by the foundations of Fendi, Gucci, and Valentino.
Testino is one of my favorite fashion photographers and I heard great things about the show. It did not disappoint. I really enjoyed it.
As we walked through the exhibit, my friends and I were talking about how celebrities have replaced models on fashion magazine covers.
When you look at the photographs, it's clear while this could be good for sales, artistically it's depressing, boring, and lazy.
Many actresses are drop-dead gorgeous, but they are not models. I know many people think anyone who is tall, and pretty can be a supermodel. Despite what reality shows say, that is not true.
There is something about the way the camera captures the faces of models that makes them stand out. Also, I'm not surprised many models used to be dancers. You do have to know how to move your body when you're posing for photos. Not all actresses have the physicality.
The exhibit was heavy on models, but there were a few actresses in the mix. It's no shock that Cameron Diaz's portrait was one of the most interesting. Cameron was a model.
Some of my favorite portraits were of Daria Werbowy. Stunning.
It was nice to see some of the ladies from the '80s, Naomi, Linda, Christy, Stephanie, and Cindy, represented. I miss that era.
I'm glad we're moving away from the "hanger" phenomenon. I disagree with the notion that famous models are too distracting for the clothes. Look at the '80s. Those model were super famous and yet you noticed what they were wearing on the runway, in ads, and editorials.
If you're going to be in Rome during the next few weeks and you're into photography and/or fashion, this show is fantastic.
Here's a little video about the opening: