Steven Klein - Photographs London Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Steven Klein took this captivating photograph of Gisele Bündchen for Balenciaga’s Autumn/Winter 2014 campaign, while the brand was under the helm of Alexander Wang. By presenting an androgynous Gisele violently smashing her mirrored surroundings, Klein questions our expectations of female beauty and notions of vanity. Wanting to portray a ‘strong, powerful, mysterious and uncompromising’ female figure, Klein photographed the supermodel without her most famous feature – her flowing locks. Klein’s unique perspective provokes the imagination and draws the viewer into the chaotic scene, enhanced by the sharp geometry of the glass shards and fragmentation of the image into multiple layers through the mirror’s reflections.

    His work is held in numerous public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, London; the V&A, London; and the International Centre of Photography, New York.



Gisele Bündchen for Balenciaga

Gelatin silver print, flush-mounted.
Image/Sheet: 127 x 201.3 cm (50 x 79 1/4 in.)
Frame: 132 x 208 cm (51 7/8 x 81 7/8 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 1/1 on a Certificate of Authenticity affixed to the reverse of the frame.

This work is number 1 from the edition of 1 and is unique in this size.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £22,500

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London Auction 18 May 2017