Von Unwerth, Unearthed
Ellen von Unwerth doesn’t pick and choose. She loves all women. “There are many who are my favorites, from Claudia Schiffer to Eva Herzigova to Elizabeth Hurley to Lindsay Lohan,” said von Unwerth last night at Sloane Square’s Michael Hoppen Gallery during a private viewing of Fraulein, a collection of her rarely seen or published photographs. Von Unwerth continued, “They are all fun and they give a lot.”
That was evident in the sexy, girly photographs of von Unwerth’s array of beautiful subjects, all in various stages of undress with lots of lingerie, toys, and even the odd vegetable thrown in. There was Claudia with big hair in her underwear—an image eventually used for a Guess campaign; Kate Moss making horn-rimmed glasses sexy; and Monica Bellucci in nipple tassels. In “What recession?” news, several prints of Heidi, Kitzbuhel, the photographer’s racy take on the Alpine Miss in red stockings and garters, as well as Nadja Auermann in a mask, have all but sold out. (More images after the jump.)
It was von Unwerth’s friend Ingrid Sischy who prodded her to dust off these favorite images for a new book to be released in December by Taschen. Sischy, of course, authored the coffee-table tome. Last night’s event was a cheeky sneak preview. “The book has been in the planning for three years,” said the Teutonic blonde, standing amid a crowd that included Suzy Menkes, Serena Rees, and Nick Rhodes. She continued, flashing that famous grin, “The title Fraulein came to mind, and I thought it was great to do a kind of retrospective with this theme, my favorite subject, women.”
Despite the London-centric nature of the art world, von Unwerth told us that she plans to spend more time in New York. As for upcoming projects, the photographer coyly hinted, “Maybe something in the film direction.” Although, as she left us staring up at a picture of Moss holding a cucumber, we had to wonder what kind of films she was talking about.