Show and Teller: Fashion meets modern art in Juergen Teller's stunning shots of Lily McMenamy for LOVE magazine
Juergen Teller’s image of a nude Kristen McMenamy was one of the defining fashion photographs of the Nineties. Now the German agent provocateur has repeated the trick with a series of stunning shots of Kristen’s daughter Lily, captured inside a London art installation
'Fantasy Documented'. That is the strapline that LOVE magazine's editor-in-chief Katie Grand has given to the recently-released 11th issue of her hefty tome.
Which poses the question: what exactly is the fantasy going on here? Juergen Teller is the hand behind the imagery, captured inside Urs Fischer's installation, Melodrama, at London's Sadie Coles gallery.
The resolutely recalcitrant photographer gives us few clues – despite assurances of his enthusiasm to discuss these images for The Independent Magazine, he characteristically clammed up at the 11th hour
However, the model is Lily McMenamy, whose mother Kristen famously posed with 'Versace' scrawled inside a lipstick heart across her otherwise naked body.
Miss McMenamy's body is twisted and contorted, dressed up in pastel shades that perfectly coordinate with the plasteline-hued raindrops of Fischer's site-specific installation.
The entirety is a fusion of fashion and art that feels very au courant: an extension of last season's Jake and Dinos Chapman collaboration with Louis Vuitton, or the collection Raf Simons showed in Paris this past January, created in partnership with the LA-based artist Sterling Ruby (his name will even appear on the label).
In this instance, Urs Fischer telephoned Teller, who saw the installation and decided it would make the perfect environment for a shoot. Especially for spring. "The palette of Urs's exhibition is almost the same as that of the Miu Miu spring collection," recalls Grand. Another synch-up of art and fashion, albeit unintentional.
LOVE 11 'Fantasy Documented' spring/summer 2014 is on newsstands now; thelovemagazine.co.uk
Photographs by Juergen Teller
Styling by Anders Solvsten Thomsen
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