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SS 2021, Paris
Chloé on the Seine
Photography by Winter Vandenbrink
To watch, to be watched. The duality of this concept was a central conceit for Natacha Ramsay Levi’s Chloé Spring Summer 2021 show in Paris – an experimental presentation conceived with Random Studio that followed models via live video streams as they arrived at the Palais de Tokyo from its surrounding streets. By crossing the Seine, perhaps meeting in small groups to walk and chat, models and musicians, writers and actresses played the part – congregating on the steps of the André Aubert-designed edifice in familiar clusters like friends on a spring day. Three LED column screens created a cinematic experience for guests in Paris, echoed in the triptych video format seen by viewers at home, as composer Jackson Fourgeaud treated each model as a new note in the score of a unique electronic composition.
Exclusively for A Magazine, Dutch photographer Winter Vandenbrink aligned his voyeuristic documentary-style photography with Chloé’s street-side presentation, his aesthetic seamlessly reflecting the house’s decision to break the traditional boundaries of a fashion show in both the public and digital spheres.
The graphic silkscreen works of American artist Corita Kent served as prints and motifs on silhouettes throughout the Chloé SS 2021 collection. Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an American artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. Corita entered the religious order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Los Angeles, where she studied from age 18 before teaching art at the Immaculate Heart College from 1938-68. There she received such notable friends as Alfred Hitchcock, Buckminster Fuller, John Cage and Charles & Ray Eames as guest speakers.
Throughout the 1960s, Corita’s bold, colourful silkscreen ‘serigraphy’ work became increasingly political, gaining momentum until she left the church in 1968 to pursue her artistic career and teaching. She continued her serigraphic work and developed a ‘plein air’ outdoor watercolour practice in Boston, Massachusetts until her death in 1986. In her memory, the Corita Art Center was created in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and holds the world’s largest collection of Corita’s work and archival materials.
Chloé Spring Summer 2021 Show
Creative Director: Natacha Ramsay-Levi
Styling: Camille Bidault-Waddington
Hair: Guido Palau
Make-up: Pat McGrath
Casting: Ashley Brokaw
Music: Jackson Fourgeaud
A Magazine Curated By photography: Winter Vandenbrink
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