To celebrate London Fashion Week, Burberry present an exhibition of British photography – curated by Christopher Bailey, Lucy Kumara Moore and Alasdair McLellan, the display runs as a celebration of their September 2017 collection. Staged in a 18th-century Grade II listed building in Clerkenwell, the exhibition spans 3 floors leading into 14 unique rooms connected by a neon lit winding staircase.
Burberry’s two week-long exhibition, Here We Are, is a display of British social and documentary photography, featuring more than 200 works by, among others, Dafydd Jones, Bill Brandt, Brian Griffin, Shirley Baker, Jane Bown, Martin Parr, Charlie Phillips, Jo Spence and Janette Beckman.
The exhibition is thematically curated with collections of images representing the diversity of British culture over the past 75 years, portraying class, society, work and lifestyle. These important bodies of work by British photographers, can be seen through print, photo books, short films and projections, fittingly set amongst the latest collection from a very British fashion brand.
Chief Creative Officer of Burberry and curator Christopher Bailey explains, “when we started thinking about curating ‘Here We Are’, I knew I wanted it to celebrate a certain strand of British photography that I have always loved – one which documents the many and varied tribes and clans and classes that make up this island of ours.”
This is Burberry’s third pop-up event since it moved to a ‘see now, buy now model’ since last year, which means each collection is on sale immediately after the Fashion week shows. The exhibition is displayed at the Old Sessions House in Clerkenwell, London, from 18 September to 1 October.
Special limited editions, commissioned by Claire de Rouen are also available at the Here We Are exhibition featuring the ‘Woman in Leaf Earrings’ Portrait (1972) (2017), by Armet Francis. Armet Francis’s major works over the years have focused on the dispersal of people from Africa across the globe, specifically the Americas and the UK, a trio of nations he calls The Black Triangle. Armet Francis moved to Britain aged 10 to join his parents in London. Recognised as a significant black British photographer of the post-war period, Francis featured in The Museum of London’s exhibition Roots to Reckoning (2005-2006) alongside his contemporaries Charlie Phillips and Neil Kenlock. Francis co-founded The Association of Black Photographers (now Autograph ABP) in 1988.