Age Of The Supermodel: Behind The Scenes With Donna DeMari

Photo of Linda Evangelista by Donna DeMari

Imagine having the opportunity to see what no one else has seen before, besides Donna DeMari of course. In the year 1991, being granted access to behind the scenes of British Vogue’s haute couture was considered an absolute privilege. Donna was able to capture raw, honest photographs of impeccable models and designs by Pierre Balmain, Chanel, Jean Louis Scherrer, Guy Laroche, Emanuel Ungaro, Christian LaCroixValentino, Givenchy, and Lanvin. Her capturer, a Nikon F2, and a slight amount of film lets us catch a glimpse of Naomi Campbell, Gisele Zelauy, Yasmeen Ghuri, Christy Turlington, and more!

p-1A Pierre Balmain design, photo courtesy of Galleria Dallas

In the brilliant DeMari’s career span, she has proved her successes by providing content for accredited publications such as Vogue ItaliaBritish VogueVogue Austalia, L'Officiel, and French Marie ClaireDeMari then had the opportunity to be the first woman to shoot the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 1995 and 1996, and appearing on ABC’s television special, "The Making Of The Swimsuit Edition."

                          Photo of Naomi Campbell by Donna DeMari

This exhibition will be displaying UNT’s Texas Fashion Collection of haute couture parallel pieces, along with 52 of Donna DeMari’s photographs, and incomparable footage from the 91’s haute couture. Where better to host this exhibit than the Galleria Dallas, home of historic fashion itself. The Dallas Galleria, Texas Fashion Collection, and 1814 Magazine collaboration has been on display September 15 and will continue through October 28, 2018 on Level I, south end at Galleria Dallas. The program will include events and lectures, an opening and artist reception with photographer Donna DeMari, an artist talk with Donna DeMari, haute couture from the models’ perspective, and a discussion on the history and art of haute couture with Annette Becker, Director of UNT Texas Fashion Collection. Come out to indulge in this fully-immersive experience, full of beauty, knowledge, and fashion.

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