The exhibition titled Jean Clemmer Collaborations Salvador Dali/Paco Rabanne will present for the first time in America the creative partnerships between the photographer Jean Clemmer, the artist Salvador Dalí and the designer Paco Rabanne that begun in the 1960’s. The works assemble this trinity of influence representing some of the most alluring photographic images of the decade encouraging what would soon become known as the sexual revolution while asserting Surrealism was a timeless school of thought. This body of work served as an important component in a mechanism that brought forth an incendiary upheaval of change.
This exhibition is curated by Laura Whitcomb author of Dali the Paradox of Fashion with the aid of the Estate of Jean Clemmer via Hélène Heidsieck Clemmer and her husband Yann Heidsieck. It is made possible by the pleasant collaboration of the House Paco Rabanne.
In 1967, Paco Rabanne created tunic-dresses made from strips of aluminium. One of these aluminium dresses, created from a combination of aluminium panels, and a riveted bodice was sold in October 2008 for £15,000, at an auction at Christie’s.