this weekend we took a spin around role play, an engaging selling exhibition of the photographs of steven meisel
February 09, 2015  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH


there’s something wildly glamorous about spending a wintery saturday afternoon with christy, naomi and linda through the lens of steven meisel.

 role play, the iconic fashion photographer’s exhibition currently showing at phillips, encompasses a stunning and varied 1987-to-modern-day span of work—from a sophisticated linda evangelista-as-sophia loren moment to a then-groundbreaking visual taste of grunge that, many fashion trends later, still speaks volumes. in fact, his unique directorial style means every image tells a story—from political statements, like a 2010 shoot for vogue italia called “oil and water” that referenced a real-life oil spill—to lighter social satires, including plastic surgery and paparazzi-themed fashion spreads. a former fashion illustrator turned photographer, he’s credited with sparking the careers of more than a few models (the aforementioned among them) and has photographed every cover of vogue italia since 1988.

  if you’re not in new york, you can browse the exhibition online while cozied up on the sofa. role play is open through march 3rd at phillips new york, 450 park avenue, new york. 

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