Pamela Anderson crawling on the ground, Paz de la Huerta sulking by a urinal, and Vivienne Westwood, nude at 70 with flaming red locks—these are just a few of the images Juergen Teller created in partnership with Westwood and her husband and creative partner, Andreas Kronthaler, over the years. They are stark, playful, and rather than “flattering,” revealing—not a common aspiration in an industry marked by its relationship to transformation and polish. Last night, Teller, Kronthaler, Anderson, Chloë Sevigny, Anna Cleveland, Ashley Graham, and more made their way to Westwood’s recently opened midtown store to toast an exhibition of these images.
“Opening this shop, it was an occasion, a reason to look back,” said Kronthaler. “I normally don’t do that very much. I don’t like doing it, but I thought it was a fitting occasion, and I asked [Teller], what do you think about putting on a little exhibition of what we do? Of the campaigns and all the work in general? And he said immediately, ‘Yeah, yeah, yea, why not?’ And it just happened like that.”
From 900 images, created between 1993 (the first was a portrait of Westwood for Paris Vogue) and today, Teller choose some 200, which were plastered on the walls of the store.