Burberry to stage major photography retrospective

Burberry is to stage a major photography retrospective timed to open during next month’s London Fashion Week. The retrospective which is called Here We Are reflects British life and character.

The exhibition will feature over 200 photos, many them never seen before, including works by mega hip lens-man Alasdair McLellan. In a release about the photo show, Burberry also revealed that McLellan has been named as its latest creative collaborator. Here We Are will also partly inaugurate Burberry’s new London exhibition space, a Palladian villa that was once England’s largest courtyard. Burberry’s spring 2018 collection will be unveiled in the same space two nights before.

Here We Are will be jointly curated by Bailey, McLellan and Lucy Kumara, the director of the specialist fashion and photography bookshop Claire de Rouen, as well as a noted writer on contemporary fashion and imagery.

Here We Are will include such gems as never before seen prints by Shirley Baker and Ken Russell; Karen Knorr’s portrayal of Belgravia in 1979; and photos 30 photographers including Charlie Philips, Dafydd Jones and Brian Griffin, as well as works by McLellan. These final images start being revealed today on Burberry’s social platforms, with new portraiture gradually unveiled over the coming months. In their enthusiasm Burberry also issued a few selected images from Here We Are including a great image by Martin Parr of pedestrians scurrying across a rainy O’Connell Street Bridge. Which is technically speaking in Dublin, the capital of Ireland.

The exhibition will run from September 18 to October 1 in Old Sessions House, Burberry’s new show venue in Clerkenwell, which will include a pop-up version of Thomas’s, Burberry’s café, and a Claire de Rouen bookshop. Clerkenwell is a neighbourhood, somewhat ironically for such a British label, that is known as London’s Little Italy, since Italians began settling there in the 1850s.

Dafydd Jones’ Magdalen Commemoration Ball, Oxford, 1988 (Burberry ‘Here We Are’ exhibition)