NEWBRIDGE Silverware and the Museum of Style Icons (MOSI) has just launched a new photographic exhibition that charts the evolution of some of the world’s most iconic sex symbols.
Entitled Supermodels and Playboy- The Evolution of Sex Symbols it features original signed photographs and Playboy magazine covers of well-known models. Famous names include Naomi Campbell, Bo Derek, Christy Turlington, Heidi Klum, Cindy Crawford, Rachel Hunter, Elle Macpherson, Gisele Bündchen, Tyra Banks, Adrianna Lima and Liz Hurley among others.
From Marilyn Monroe, the original pin-up girl of the 1950s, through to the supermodels who dominated the catwalks of the 1990s, the exhibition provides an interesting insight into the evolution of the supermodel and some of the most famous women in the world.
The free exhibition includes original and signed Playboy magazine covers of famous models and actresses who posed topless for the famous entertainment magazine.
A particularly important item in the exhibition is a signed copy of a limited-edition book called, Sexy which features beautiful, tasteful images of supermodel, Naomi Campbell. Encased in a book case in the shape of a female torso the book is signed Love and Respect, Naomi and includes some of the most incredible photographs ever taken of Naomi, often fully nude. With multiple artwork by British pop art luminary, Allen Jones and Naomi’s own autobiographical text, this is an intimate and breathtaking encounter with a beauty icon.
Also, on display is a signed photograph of Elizabeth Hurley in the famous Versace safety pin dress often referred to as “that dress”. The actress and model wore the garment when she accompanied Hugh Grant to the movie premier of ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ in 1994. The dress is regarded as Versace’s best-known creation and is largely considered to be the turning point of Hurley’s career, catapulting her onto the global stage.
The celebration of the supermodel was at an all-time high in 1989 when photographer Herb Ritts took the now-iconic shot of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz and Stephanie Seymour huddled together completely naked. The black and white photograph is signed by each of the five models and is on display in the exhibition.
Right throughout the exhibition the viewer is brought on a pictorial journey which starts with the original camera of photographer Andre De Dienes whose 1949 Rolleiflex camera was used by De Dienes in his 1949 Tobey / Jones Beach photo session with Marilyn Monroe. The images show Marilyn in a bathing suit in playful mood posing with a red polka dot umbrella, the original of which is featured in the exhibition and is on permanent display in the Museum of Style Icons. The photographs showed the world a different side of a girl who was to become known as the greatest sex symbol of all time. However, even though she was in a swimsuit, the shots of Marilyn taken by De Dienes, were fun and youthful rather than sexy.