A self-taught photographer, 85-year-old Lerner was one of the most highly sought-after fashion photographers throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. He is known for his striking compositions in which he places his models in dramatic and unusual locations, such as on a huge lamppost at Idlewild Airport (shown here), on the cab of a two-ton truck, or on a stack of wood lifted into the sky by a cherry picker. Inspired by Lerner’s photographs, Laura Camien and Deb Burton Calagna of LollyDee will present a couture line of clothing and jewelry created specifically for the event.
With a sentimental nod to the Lerner era, Laura and Deb will use pieces of vintage garments and jewelry and refashion them into one-of-a-kind creations stylish for today. “The Art of Fashion combines Norman Lerner’s photographs and LollyDee designs, literally comparing fashion 50 years ago and today,” said Anne Brown, owner of The Arts Company. “Lerner had the eye to shoot fashion photos using abstract designs with a human element, and here we have the perspective of timeless fashion seen through the visual arts on the walls and in person.”
A live fashion show will launch the exhibition during the First Saturday Art Crawl, May 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. The Art of Fashion continues through June 14 and will be on view during regular gallery hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For more information, visit www.theartscompany.com.