On Friday, Burberry opened their “Here We Are” photography exhibit in Paris. The exhibit focuses on documentary photography from the United Kingdom. The photos were selected by Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s chief creative officer. Lucy Kumara Moore, the owner of the Claire de Rouen fashion bookstore, and fashion photographer Alasdair McLellan serve as co-curators.
The exhibit was designed to celebrate British culture and fashion. Bailey announced the exhibit on Instagram in August and it opened in September 2017 at the Old Sessions House in London, England. With a launch timed to coincide with London Fashion Week, “Here We Are” combines documentary photos and classic Burberry fashion pieces. With its dramatic black-and-white photographs and examples of Burberry’s latest collection, it is intended to appeal to both fashion-forward and artistic viewers. During its run in London, the event was visited by around 20,000 people, including Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.
“Here We Are” features the work of more than 30 British photographers. Photos by English film director Ken Russell are on display from his early career as a freelance photographer. Other artists featured in the exhibit include Shirley Baker, the famous street photographer, and Jo Spence, best known for her photos of gypsies. The exhibition also boasts works by British-Jamaican photographer Charlie Phillips and Jane Brown, a photojournalist famous for her black-and-white portraits.
The exhibition also displays contemporary photos of the company’s popular new Gosha Rubchinskiy x Burberry capsule collection taken by Gosha Rubchinskiy himself. The Russian designer has collaborated with Burberry for fall and winter 2018 to produce a new English-inspired line of streetwear.
After debuting in London, “Here We Are” moved to Hong Kong on November 11 and remained open for nine days, attracting local celebrities like actress Hilary Tsui and singer G.E.M. On January 26, the exhibition opened on Rue Béranger in the historic Le Marais district of Paris. The event will run until February 7.