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Ellen von Unwerth's "Fräulein"

Ellen von Unwerth's "Fräulein"

NY Fashion Week is good timing for Taschen’s release of “Fräulein,” the 482-page trip through Ellen von Unwerth’s erotic “female fantasy land.” A model herself for the first decade of her career, Unwerth gained notoriety only when she stepped behind the lens. Her photography revisits past decades from the silent film era to the 1950s, and is often set in a bedroom, boudoir or late-night Parisian cafe-cabaret. She has been compared to Helmut Newton for her portrayal of women as powerful, strong and sexually aggressive, though her propensity for fetish, domination, whips, chains, strappy lingerie, high heels, lots of makeup and very little clothing goes somewhat beyond even Newton’s scope.

"Dress Codes" at ICP

"Dress Codes" at ICP

Opening October 2nd, “Dress Codes” features the photography and video of over 100 artists from around the world whose work explores “the uses of style, image and personal presentation.” In a word, fashion. This exhibition also marks the close of ICP’s “2009 Year of Fashion,” an impressive show that included contemporary commercial photography (spread after…