October 5 – November 9, 2012
Opening reception October 5, 2012 6-8 PM
Gallery talk October 25th 7 - 8:30
British photographer Venetia Dearden collaborated with the English fashion house, Mulberry, to create a collection of images celebrating its 40th birthday.
A series of her photographs, Undressed, is featured at the Griffin Museum at Digital Silver Imaging, 9 Brighton St., Belmont, MA, October 5 through November 9. A reception is October 5, 6-8 p.m.
The exhibit — a sampling of color and black-and-white photographs resulting from this exclusive collaboration – is being shown for the first time in the US. “Venetia Dearden’s exuberant, sensory pleasure of life and style spills into this fresh collection of images,” says J. Sybylla Smith, curator of the exhibit. “Dearden’s kaleidoscope of light and vitality creates an intimate insight into the unrehearsed, behind-the-scenes world of this corporate family’s celebration of its 40th birthday which culminated in a 500 page photo book and this scintillating exhibit.”
Smith says Mulberry and Dearden are “cut from the same cloth and share an instinctive flair. Seamlessly blending naughty and nice they each seek texture, nuance and whimsy.
“The brand, known for its eccentricity, holds on to practicality. Dearden’s wanderlust always weaves her back to home.”
Undressed, which is open during Boston Fashion Week, “gives us a delightful backstage glimpse,” Smith says “The seemingly effortless visions we observe in the glossy September issues of fashion magazines and on runways worldwide are the result of work by teams including designers, creative directors, technicians, brand specialists, advertising agencies, photographers, models, stylists, hair and make-up artists. The set of a fashion photography shoot is a high-intensity mix of numbing detail, endless flexibility, fantastical vision, hard work, and kismet. Countless hours lead up to fleeting fashion moments.”
Dearden is recognized as an emerging force in the editorial, commercial and fashion world. She and her well-worn passport traverse the globe on a mission of creating and sharing tales as a photojournalist.
Her latest book, Eight Days, a sleepy, un-chartered journey of western landscape was preceded by Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams and Glastonbury, Another Stage.
The Rencontres d’Arles nominated Eight Days for a book award this summer. Art and Commerce gave Dearden its Peek Award.
She has exhibited internationally, including a solo show at the London Portrait Gallery. Represented by VII Photo Agency in NY, London and Paris, Dearden is also signed with Santucci Co.