Deborah Turbeville first entranced the fashion sphere with her distressed, otherworldly photographs in 1975. Her images of models in bathhouses, wintry forest-scapes and glassed-in storefronts bear scratches, masking tape and other signs of intervention that lend them a three-dimensional air.
Art appreciators and fashion fans alike will have the chance to consider Turbeville’s broken-doll aesthetic on an intimate scale through an exhibition at Donna Karan’s Conduit Street store. The display, curated by Wapping Project Director Jules Wright, opens in time for London Fashion Week on September 8.
Visitors will come face-to-face with photographs beloved by Karl Lagerfeld, Jacqueline Onassis and Rei Kawakubo. It’s Turbeville’s insistence on layered, flawed beauty that reeled such tastemakers and countless other admirers in.
‘Perhaps the most interesting thing about my photographs is that they are a little bit of an enigma; they are hard to place,’ Turbeville has said of her work. It’s a riddle we can’t wait to wrap our heads around.
Deborah Turbeville: The Fashion Pictures publishes with Rizzoli in October. Donna Karan is located at 46 Conduit St, London W1.