A celebration of fashion photography kicks off at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) on Saturday 7 July with an ElectroSwing night with a 1920s fancy dress theme.
The night of music and dance introduces a touring exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London: Selling Dreams: One hundred Years of Fashion Photography.
Beautiful and scholarly, glamorous and insightful Selling Dreams runs from 7 July to 2 September. It is the first touring exhibition from the V&A’s collection to explore the work of international fashion photographers and includes 60 works by major photographers as well as magazine spreads from publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. The exhibition reveals a fascinating dialogue between fashion photography and fine art photography.
The opening ElectroSwing night runs from 6.30 to 9pm at RAMM. It includes swing dancing lessons, live band The Pookas and DJs Dodgy Style and Mr Puckey playing ElectroSwing – a fusion of house and hip-hop with classic jazz swing. The fun continues next door at The Cavern Club for a special after party (over 18s, ID required). £7 tickets for both venues are available from the Cavern Club or online at www.exetercavern.com.
In an evening lecture on Tuesday 14 August Susanna Brown, Curator of Selling Dreams from the V&A, will explore approaches to fashion photography from the earliest years of the 20th century to today. Tickets can be purchased from RAMM reception during opening hours: call 01392 265858.
The V&A is home to the UK’s National Collection of Art of Photography which comprises over half a million works including many hundreds of fashion photographs by international names such as Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, David Bailey and Tim Walker.
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