Exclusive Collection of Portrait Photography by John Stoddart


“John and Vivienne” is an exclusive collection of portrait and fashion photography by British portraitist John Stoddart. The work is composed of 26 photographs, all from negatives, about two of the greatest British stylists: John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood, taken in London, between 1987 and 1991.

A true ode to the romanticism of the post-punk period, this retrospective tells us about the advent and consecration of these icons, having forever marked the history of haute-couture. Metro Imaging was delighted to have worked closely with the artist to produce the black and white fibre-based prints for the exhibition of this collection, considered a fashion archive. Galliano and Westwood have changed the way fashion is viewed and how much they still influence it until today, so well that their artistic and creative work is now part of the British cultural heritage.

The fashion of the 80s was one of the most experimental in the history of the style and pushed the Punk icon, Vivienne Westwood, to rethink her style and embrace new lines, forms and matter and in a radical way. Breaking with tradition, fashion becomes art and fashion designers become Stars. John Stoddart had the chance to photograph some of them in his Mayfair studio and in particular our two icons, almost on the same days and several times. At that time, many English icons came to be photographed at his studio such as the famous hatter Stephen Jones, the muse of Karl Lagerfeld, Amanda Harlech, also close to John Galliano or Anna Piaggi, Italian fashion icon.

The exhibition takes place at Alfalibra Gallery, a laboratory of art and fashion, designed by its curator Frédéric Fontan. The gallery is located in the heart of the Haut Marais, and connects with an international vision: fashion, luxury, photography, art, high tech, but also with society and ethics. Alfalibra proposition is a reflection on ‘Transcendence’ evoking the overcoming of the separation between the arts, cultures and communities through photography, video and installation testimonies, as well as discourse.


Exhibition Details:

From 20 Sep – 20 Nov, 2019

Tuesday to Saturday from 2 pm – 7 pm.

Alfalibra Gallery 

324 rue Saint-Martin, 75003 PARIS


ALL IMAGES ©John Stoddart, courtesy of Alfalibra Gallery.