Photo Vogue Festival: Exploring Fashion & Politics in Vogue Italia

When it comes to fashion photography, it doesn't get any better than the pages of Vogue. And more specifically, those of Vogue Italia.

In November, the second Photo Vogue Festival will open in Milan. A series of engaging exhibitions and events across the city will draw upon the success of the inaugural festival in 2017 – the first ever international photography festival dedicated to fashion.

Organised by Vogue Italia, the Photo Vogue Festival has already established itself on the international festival calendar as a meeting place for art and photography, drawing in key industry figures, renowned photographers and leading curators.

The exhibition will explore how fashion photography can engage in issues such as gender, wealth, consumerism, the environment, protest and identity building. The relevance of fashion photography is dependent on its ability to reflect and capture changes in society – in subtle and playful ways – bring provoking issues to a diverse audience.

Fashion & Politics in Photo Vogue will also reflect on the magazine’s pioneering role in commissioning contentious fashion photography and how this has succeeded in conveying a message, and raising questions, through the publication’s editorial pages.

Holding a mirror up to Vogue Italia’s commissioned photography and editorial since launch, the exhibition will aim to address how the magazine’s fashion photography has embraced, and even influenced change.

The exhibition is curated by Alessia Glaviano and Chiara Bardelli Nonino. Discover more at www.vogue.it.

Main image: Vogue Italia, March 2008 © Miles Aldridge | All images courtesy of Photo Vogue Festival 2017

Gemma, New York 2004 © Paolo Roversi

Gemma, New York 2004 © Paolo Roversi

Kasia, Studio 9 rue Paul Fort Paris, November 21st 2007 © Paolo Roversi

Kasia, Studio 9 rue Paul Fort Paris, November 21st 2007 © Paolo Roversi

Kate, Lock Studios, London, February 5th 2015 © Paolo Roversi

Kate, Lock Studios, London, February 5th 2015 © Paolo Roversi

Tomorrow Vision, Vogue Italia, February 2007 © Peter Lindbergh

Tomorrow Vision, Vogue Italia, February 2007 © Peter Lindbergh

State of Emergency, Vogue Italia, September 2006 © Steven Meisel

State of Emergency, Vogue Italia, September 2006 © Steven Meisel