Runway Madness! The fashion photography of Lucian Perkins:

August 16, 2003 through January 4, 2004

Twice each year, the fashion industry presents a romantic spectacle. Fashion Week in New York is a time when top designers present the drama, fantasy and artistic talent that is the fashion industry. The creations that grace the catwalks determine to a large extent, what the rest of us will come to think of as currently fashionable.


Coming / Going, 1996
Richard Tyler, Fall 1996
Photographer, Lucian Perkins

But there is another side to the swirl of sequins, the theatrically lit runways, the wispy models. Runway Madness presents the photography of Lucian Perkins, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer from the Washington Post. He has captured the “silent anguish of a designer putting himself and his art on the line,” the panic of a split seam moments before a model takes to the runway, the world of fashion editors and buyers, and the critical eye of the press.

The series of photographs documents the drama of Fashion Week from both sides of the runway. ATHM will exhibit these extraordinary and thought-provoking photographs with examples of haute couture from today and of fashions past from the Museum’s collection of historic costumes. Fashion predictions for the year ahead
produced by New York’s fashion gurus round out the compelling show.


Twirl / Pouf, 1987 / 1990
Oscar de la Renta, 1987
Photographer, Lucian Perkins


Concentrating, 1990
Christy Turlington for Stephen Sprouse, Fall 1990
Photographer, Lucian Perkins


Getting Hair Done, 1993
Tereza Makova for Nicole Miller, Fall 1993
Photographer, Lucian Perkins


Water Bottle, 1993
Model, Shalom Harlow
Photographer, Lucian Perkins


Omo Gym, 1994
Norma Kamali, Spring 1994
Photographer, Lucian Perkins


Runway, 1997
Isaac Mizrahi, Fall 1997
Photographer, Lucian Perkins

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