there’s something wildly glamorous about spending a wintery saturday afternoon with christy, naomi and linda through the lens of steven meisel.
role play, the iconic fashion photographer’s exhibition currently showing at phillips, encompasses a stunning and varied 1987-to-modern-day span of work—from a sophisticated linda evangelista-as-sophia loren moment to a then-groundbreaking visual taste of grunge that, many fashion trends later, still speaks volumes. in fact, his unique directorial style means every image tells a story—from political statements, like a 2010 shoot for vogue italia called “oil and water” that referenced a real-life oil spill—to lighter social satires, including plastic surgery and paparazzi-themed fashion spreads. a former fashion illustrator turned photographer, he’s credited with sparking the careers of more than a few models (the aforementioned among them) and has photographed every cover of vogue italia since 1988.
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