Fulvio Bonavia shoots fashion still lifes for Vogue Accessory inspired by upcoming cultural events throughout the world

The theme of Vogue Accessory’s fabulous winter issue is cultural events taking place throughout the world over the first four months of the year—everything from art exhibitions in Paris, New York, and DC, to an ice festival in China and a lace festival in Slovenia. The magazine commissioned Fulvio Bonavia, a master at interpreting high fashion through inventive conceptual photography, to shoot still lifes using each of the events as his inspiration. The experience, he says, was “an honor.” Below, some of the published highlights.



Harbin Ice Festival, Northeast China. The world’s largest ice festival. Learn more: http://www.icefestivalharbin.com/.


“Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrors” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. This exhibition “is a celebration of the legendary Japanese artist’s 65-year career and promises to be 2017’s essential art experience. Enjoy an unprecedented chance to discover six of Kusama’s dazzling mirror rooms at once, alongside whimsical installations, vibrant sculpture, and colorful, large-scale paintings making their U.S. debut.” Description courtesy http://hirshhorn.si.edu/collection/yayoi-kusama-infinity-mirrors/#collection=yayoi-kusama-infinity-mirrors.



“Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim” at the Guggenheim in New York City. “On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the institution will display in the rotunda over 170 modern works from the permanent collections held in New York and Venice. Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim will explore not only avant-garde innovations from the late 19th through mid-20th centuries, but also the radical activities of six patrons who brought to light some of the most significant artists of their day.” Description courtesy https://www.guggenheim.org/exhibition/visionaries-creating-a-modern-guggenheim.


Transmediale, Berlin. A “festival and year-round project that draws out new connections between art, culture, and technology. All activities of transmediale aim at fostering a critical understanding of contemporary culture and politics as saturated by media technologies.” Description courtesy https://transmediale.de/.


Burning the Clocks, U.K. “Burning the Clocks is a unique community event on the 21st of December, created by Same Sky, that brings the whole city together to mark the shortest day of the year. Local people make their own paper and willow lanterns, using our kits, and after parading through the city, they pass them into a blazing bonfire on Brighton beach, as a token of the year’s end.” Description courtesy http://www.samesky.co.uk/events/burning-the-clocks.


Australian Open of Surfing at Manly Beach, Sydney. Learn more: http://www.australianopenofsurfing.com/.


Affordable Art Fair, Los Angeles, the West Coast debut of the NYC-based popular art fair. Learn more: https://www.artslant.com/la/venues/show/28234-affordable-art-fair-los-angeles.


Paris Refashioned: 1957–1968 at the Museum at FIT in New York City. This exhibition “highlights one of the most groundbreaking time periods in fashion history. Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968 examines the combined influence of French haute couture, ready-to-wear, and popular culture during this era, with particular emphasis on how fashion was perceived and promoted by the American fashion press.” Description courtesy http://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions/paris-refashioned.php.


Carnival of Caretos, Portugal. “Caretos are masked young men dressed in suits made of yellow, red, black, blue and green fringe wool quilts, wearing brass, leather or wooden masks and rattles in their belts.” Description courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Careto.


Wakakusa Yamayaki, Nara, Japan. “Just behind Nara Park, stands an old, extinct volcano, called Mount Wakakusa, that rises gently to a height of 350 meters. From its peak, one can have unobstructed views of the entire city. … The mountain is covered by grass, and lining the slope of the mountain are cherry trees that are usually in full bloom around early April. But as winter approaches, the grass begins to die and the cherry trees lose their leaves and the mountain looks very bald. This is when the famous Wakakusa Yamayaki festival takes place. On the fourth Saturday of each January, the dead grass is set on fire. This is known as ‘Yamayaki,’ which is literally, ‘mountain roast.’” Description courtesy http://www.amusingplanet.com/2016/06/wakakusa-yamayaki-mountain-burning.html.


The cover image, also shot by Fulvio, is the only photo not connected with a cultural event.

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