Fashion: The Story of a Lifetime

The Dubai art and cultural calendar is back after a summer break and I'm looking forward to The Empty Quarter's "Fashion: The Story of a Lifetime" that opens this week. It's a unique, museum quality collection of vintage and modern prints by famed international photographers whose lifetime stories are intrinsically tied to 20th-century high fashion.

The photographers include Albert Watson, Norman Parkinson, F.C. Gundlach, Lillian Bassman, Elliott Erwitt, Erwin Blumenfeld, Melvin Sokolsky, Sarah Moon and Frank Horvat - all are internationally renowned for their immense contribution to fashion photography.

Their legendary images are paired with the incredible story of Parveen Shaath, a fashion aficionado from Saudi Arabia who devoted her entire life to haute couture dresses, collecting the best pieces among the Saudi society. A few of these dresses by notable fashion houses will be on display in the gallery.

I am really, really, really looking forward to this.



Exhibition details:

Dates: 14th September to 17th October 2010 (Vernissage on 16th September)
Location: The Empty Quarter, Gate Village at DIFC, Bldg 02
Phone: +971 4 323 1210

All images courtesy of The Empty Quarter.