Let us dive into the world of fashion and feminine emancipation through the lens of the photographer Peter Knapp, whose graphic work testifies the effervescence of these two decades related to boldness and change.
In exhibition from 9 March to 10 June 2018 at the Cité de la Mode et du Design, 34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris.
The moment is favorable, society is seething with excitement and everybody breathe fresh air in Paris; new horizons, new possibilities, new clothes. It’s the beginning of the ’60 and young women wearing miniskirts and booties from top designer brands invade the streets and Peter Knapp is there, ready to seize and catch everything the city can offer as innovative, even the most irreverent news. In his photography, the artist managed to elaborate esthetic contents of these years full of changes which demonstrate the emancipation of feminine clothes.
The creativity and free spirit of that time are in perfect harmony with the proposals of the flourishing houses such as Yves Saint Laurent, Paco Rabanne, Emanuel Ungaro, Pierre Cardin or André Courrèges. Photography and creation move in unison.
Knapp has been able to anticipate the power of the image succeeding in creating an imaginary world that is immediately recognizable, without neglecting to highlight the accessories and clothes. Fantasy and rigour are present in the photographer’s work who brings a substantial contribution to the esthetic evolution of the fashion magazine.
Being artistic director of Elle France since 1960, he orientates its graphic side and modernizes its style wisely accompanying the new idea of beauty displayed in the media as a new interpretation of woman into society.
The sensuality of the material developed by Peter Knapp in the photography creates consistency in the forms but these latest are different in his pictorial and graphic works.
Peter Knapp traced an unmistakable mark not only in those years, but eventually in the history of photography and fashion forever.
The exhibition is probably worth a visit.