Art Is Fashion and Vice Versa
Audrey stands by the entrance. She’s the first one you see. You know who. From 1993, smiling with that Breakfast at Tiffany’s charm.
Getting to know some of famed photographer Gilles Bensimon’s subjects at the Sofitel Washington D.C. Lafayette Square seems as intimate as the first-name only titled works of art. The traveling exhibit was handpicked by Bensimon himself. Most of them are in black and white, and the hope is to evoke emotion.
There in the dining room hang the cross between celebrity and fashion. Zooey looking frazzled, Gisele looking fierce, Charlize looking sad. But in every piece, the woman stands out — the clothes don’t define her.
It also gets you thinking: what do you hang in your room? Does it inspire you? My walls are mostly colored and empty, but I have a Josephine Baker drawing/poster as a nearly bare-naked coconut dancer, bought near Versailles. The French seem to have a certain flair, or an eye, for fashion.
This is the second stop in a nationwide tour. The photos stay at Sofitel D.C. until July 7, when the exhibit moves to Chicago and Los Angeles.
Make a statement. A la mode.