Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fitting Tribute: Suzanne Rae Spring 2013

For the past three decades, the photographer Francesca Woodman, who committed suicide at the age of 22, has been a cult obsession.  Her haunting self portraits have been imitated by many, but Woodman has only received mainstream recognition within the last few years, with a breathtaking retrospective at the Guggenheim, and a documentary about her and her family, The Woodmans.  This season, Suzanne Rae also paid tribute to the introspective art prodigy, creating neutral pieces that combined delicate and airy shapes with a strong sense of minimalism.  Many of the diaphanous shirts and flowing white dresses look like modernized adaptations of the pieces that Woodman wore when she photographed herself.  Nonetheless, while Woodman served as a muse, the collection bore Suzanne's signature viewpoint of a more progressive expression of femininity.


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