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Peter Knapp and Fashion 1960-1970 / Exhibition in Paris

Verantwortlicher Autor: Alexandre Hamalian Paris France, 07.04.2018, 14:54 Uhr
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The colourful world of Peter Knapp
The colourful world of Peter Knapp  Bild: Alexandre Hamalian

Paris France [ENA] Peter Knapp revolutionised fashion photography by setting the models in motion and shooting outside of the studio. The exhibition of the Cité de la Mode et du Design displays 100 iconic photographs illustrating women’s freedom during the 60’s and the 70’s. From March 9 to June 10, 2018.

Peter Knapp was born in Switzerland in 1931. From 1947 to 1951 he studies painting at the Zurich University of the Arts. Otto Bachmann is one of his masters. In 1952 he moves to Paris to attend The École des Beaux-Arts and to pursue his painting works. Then he’s gonna be a graphic designer, and the artistic director of the prestigious department store Galeries Lafayette. He’ll work as well for the magazine Nouveau Fémina. In 1960 Peter Knapp is appointed artistic director of Elle magazine. As the head of the graphic design, he transforms the publication. He promotes a new visual language which corresponds to the changes of this period.

Dim (left) and Courrèges (right)

To counterbalance the steadiness of photography, Peter Knapp sets the models in motion : jump, dance, laugh. The modern woman is independent and it shows with the motion of the body. Outside of the conventional atmosphere of the studio, the model is freed and the creative expression illustrates the changes of the society. Through his lens, the photographer sees the woman daring, aspiring, and freed from any constraint. The exhibition brings up 5 themes from the work of Peter Knapp : the ecstasy of freedom, the simple sensuality of the body, freedom from form (from geometry to sequence), a photographic utopia, the era of fashion.

The ecstasy of freedom
shape and setting of the exhibition
The Geometrician and Camouflage

After his mission for Elle, Peter Knapp worked for many magazines such as Stern, Sunday Times, Vogue, Fortune etc… The exhibition features photographs he created for the most famous designers ; Courrèges, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Dior. It is curated by François Cheval, museum curator, and Audrey Hoareau, manager of Peter Knapp's archives. The design of the exposition is realised by Vasken Yéghiayan, interior designer and scenographer. The shape and the setting of the show immerses the visitors in the atmosphere of the 60’s and 70’s. "Dancing in the Street : Peter Knapp and Fashion 1960-1970". Cité de la Mode et du Design. 34, quai d'Austerlitz Paris, France 75013. March 9 - June 10 2018.

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