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Photograph - Aimee Mullins for Dazed & Confused, 1998
  • Aimee Mullins for Dazed & Confused, 1998
    Knight, Nick, born 1958
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Aimee Mullins for Dazed & Confused, 1998

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1998 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Knight, Nick, born 1958 (photographer)
    Alexander McQueen, born 1969 - died 2010 (Art Director)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Dye destruction print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Nick Knight

  • Museum number:

    E.633-1998

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 956, box B

Nick Knight (born 1958, London) is one of Britain's most innovative and influential photographers and image makers. He has pushed the boundaries of commercial and editorial photography and collaborated with leading names in contemporary art, design, music and fashion. As Director of SHOWstudio he has recently produced on-line collaborations with fashion creatives. This image is part of a fashion story produced for Dazed & Confused magazine in 1998. Art Directed by fashion designer Alexander McQueen, it was hailed as one of the most groundbreaking commercial images of the year. The photograph shows the model Aimee Mullins with prosthetic legs and was used by McQueen and Knight to visualise alternative perceptions of fashion and physical beauty.

Physical description

Colour photograph of a female model wearing a skeletal frame of a full length skirt. The model is using her right hand to lift up the front of the skirt, clearly exposing her prosthetic limbs, attached at the knee. The model is looking vacantly out of the photograph, enhancing the mannequin-like qualities of her pose. Clothes designed by Alexander McQueen.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1998 (made)

Artist/maker

Knight, Nick, born 1958 (photographer)
Alexander McQueen, born 1969 - died 2010 (Art Director)

Materials and Techniques

Dye destruction print

Dimensions

Length: 32.7 cm sheet, Width: 26 cm sheet

Object history note

This photograph, taken by Nick Knight, is part of a fashion story created for a special edition of Dazed & Confused entitled "Fashion - Able", in 1998. The issue of the magazine was edited by fashion designer, Alexander McQueen.

Historical significance: This photograph was published in Dazed & Confused magazine in 1998 and will be remembered as one of the most groundbreaking commercial images of the year. It marks the capacity of Nick Knight and Alexander McQueen's ongoing collaboration to visualise alternatives in perceptions of fashion and physical beauty.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Nick Knight, 'Aimee Mullins for Dazed & Confused, 1998', C-type print, 1998.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Sonia Solicari, ed. Victoriana. A MiscellanyLondon, Guildhall Art Gallery, 2013. ISBN: 9781902795157.

Labels and date

Gallery 100, 2016-17:

Nick Knight (born 1958)
‘Fashion-able’
1998

This photograph features Paralympian and double amputee Aimee Mullins. It was originally published
in an issue of Dazed & Confused magazine that was edited by fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Like much of the work of McQueen and photographer
Nick Knight, the bold image defies traditional conventions of beauty.

Dye-destruction print
Given by Nick Knight
Museum no. E.633-1998
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Materials

Photographic paper

Subjects depicted

Models (people); Skirts

Categories

Fashion; Disability

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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