A series of 9 new fashion photographs shot by celebrity photographer Rankin will be placed alongside paintings of famous women from the past including Nell Gwynn and Elizabeth I.
The portraits will be shown for one night only at London’s National Portrait Gallery as part of an evening of special events at the Gallery organised by All Walks Beyond the Catwalk. The group’s latest campaign is to broaden the range of body and beauty ideals in the media.
The images will be displayed as part of a tour running through the gallery, with each sitter wearing designs by leading British fashion designers including Dame Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson, Alice Temperley and more. Starting at the earliest Tudor portraits and ending in the 20th Century gallery and will be accompanied by soundtracks.
All Walkes Beyond the Catwalk was formed by BBC Clothes Show presenter Caryn Franklin, fashion consultant Debra Bourne and model Erin O’Connor to expand on the rigid beauty ideals seen in the fashion industry. To highlight the campaign’s work, Erin O’Conner will take part in a panel discussion at the Gallery during the evening on the subject ‘Has Fashion Imagery become the lens by which we evaluate identity’.
You can see the images and the accompanying paintings in the gallery above. National Portrait Gallery’s Fashion Friday Late Opening will take place on 11 February from 6.30pm. For more information, visit the National Portrait Gallery website.