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A single image is often more eloquent than a myriad of words.

Mark your diary to visit a few of these remarkable exhibitions on

photography and illustration at venues in

New York City, London, Dublin and Paris

Don’t forget your passport!

New York Historical Society Museum and Library (NYC) |

 Bill Cunningham: Façades
Closes 15 June 2014

In 1968, photographer Bill Cunningham embarked on an eight-year project to document the architectural riches and fashion history of New York City. Scouring the city’s thrift stores, auction houses, and street fairs for vintage clothing, and scouting sites on his bicycle, Cunningham generated a photographic essay entitled Façades, which paired models—in particular his muse, fellow photographer Editta Sherman—in period costumes with historic settings. The photographer donated 88 silver gelatin prints from the series to the New-York Historical Society in 1976, and now, almost four decades later, Bill Cunningham: Façades highlights the historical perspective the photographs suggest—not just of the distant past, but of the particular time in which they were created.

Bill Cunningham (b. 1929) is a fashion photographer for The New York Times.  He is known for his candid photos and has called himself a ‘street photographer’,  probably the pioneer of this genre of fashion imagery.

Bill Cunningham Facades New-York Historical Society Top

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(images from stage buddy.com):

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Queen Sofia Spanish Institute (NYC) |

 Alta Moda by Mario Testino
Closes  29 March 2014

Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, under the chairmanship of Oscar de la Renta, is the first American venue to present ALTA MODA, a series of photographic portraits by acclaimed photographer Mario Testino. Known primarily for his work in fashion magazines, Testino makes a bold departure with this series. Alta Moda—literally “high fashion” in Spanish—documents Peruvians in their vibrantly colored and ornately adorned traditional and festive dress from Cusco, one of the highest mountainous regions of Peru.

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Chester Beaty Library (Dublin, Ireland)  | 

Costumes Parisiens: Fashion Plates From 1912-1914
Closes 30 March 2014

One hundred years after the publication of the fashion magazine Journal des Dames et des Modes , the Chester Beatty Library opens an exhibition, featuring almost 150 of the Journal’s unique fashion illustrations, known as Costumes Parisiens.

Palais Galliera (Paris, France) | 

Coming into Fashion, a Century of Photography at Condé Nast
Closes 25 May 2014

Elegance and seduction, excellence and artistic sense make the spirit of Condé Nast. For a century, the publishing conglomerate – editor of magazines VogueVanity FairGlamour or W – plays a role determining in the field of the fashion photography.

Coming into Fashion, a Century of Photography at Condé Nast draws on the archives of Condé Nast New York, Paris, Milan, and London, bringing together some 150 mostly original prints from leading fashion photographers from 1918 through to the present day.

(images from buro247.com):

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A century of fashion photography at Condé Nast at the Palais Galliera

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A century of fashion photography at Condé Nast at the Palais Galliera

National Portrait Gallery (London, UK) l

Bailey’s Stardust

closes 1 June 2014

http://www.npg.org.uk

This incredible exhibition showcases the range of work accomplished by

British photographer David Bailey, who was permitted to curate the show

(choosing the photos displayed and music aired – Great American Songbook

by Rod Stewart) and examples of his sculpture presented.

Portraits of legendary figures of fashion, music and art fame

as well as intimate family photos and travel shots highlight the exhibition.

Over 250 images are in the show.

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(image from londonlovesyou.tumblor.com):

the model Jerry Hall 

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(images from treyspeegle.com):

the designer Vivienne Westwood