The relaxing and intimate ambience created by low lighting, comfortable leather sofas and private rooms at Eight Club – a private member’s club situated in the heart of the City – make it an ideal venue for Willie Christie’s unseen, seminal photographs by British style icons. Guest blogger Elvira Patruno, MvF Managing Curator, gives us an insider’s perspective.
“Limited Edition Collection” showcases a selection of groundbreaking works across fashion, music and film during Christie’s decade as a fashion photographer. A tribute to polished 70s romanticism and emboldened 80s glamour, the show includes, among others, intimate portraits of Christie’s former spouse and one of his favourite subjects – Grace Coddington.
A former Vogue photographer who captured a generation, Christie’s “Limited Edition Collection” signals the first time the photographer has delved into his personal archives to showcase work that has not been displayed for more than three decades, having been rediscovered after 30 years of lying in a drawer.
The glamour and intrigue of film removed him from the world of photography in 1982 and he subsequently started writing and directing commercials and music videos. Musical legends captured by Christie are being showcased at this exhibition, including portraits of David Bowie and Bryan Ferry.
Today a director and screenwriter, Christie has a passion for Hollywood sets and film noir that remains palpable throughout his work. Although his works focus on celebrities and glamour, they invite the viewer to question reality, identity and artifice. Some shots are sexy, polished and subtly sinister; others are sepia-toned and tender with an experimental edge.
Don’t miss Christie’s director’s cut “The Whisper” on view at Eight Club on Monday 13th February 7-9pm