Chicago Events. ‘Fashion Stills’ Exhibit at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

July 6, 2010 • Fashion


The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower has picked to participate in an exclusive, traveling photo exhibit that is only visiting a select few Sofitel hotels worldwide. The exhibit, 'Fashion Stills', captures priceless moments in fashion history from four famed photographers—Derek Hudson, Cathleen Naundorf, Jean-Marie Périer and Gérard Uféra—many of which have never before been seen by the public. Hosted by Polka Galerie of Paris, the exhibit includes faces of fashion legends as well as snapshots from the mysterious realm of haute couture, each immortalized in black and white, color or sepia tones.

Katie Moss. Paris, 1998. By Derek Hudson.

Yves Saint Laurent and Carla Bruni. Paris, 1998. By Jean-Marie Perier

Karl Lagerfeld. Hamburg, 1995. By Jean-Marie Perier

The premiere party to the exhibit was held last week for a well-dressed crowd that included the likes of Polka Galerie’s CEO and famed French journalist, Alain Genestar, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower’s General Manager Nicolas Pesty, Julie Selakovich from Saks Fifth Avenue, Bridget Halanski from Factor Model Management, local fashion designer Miriam Cecilia Carlson, Rich and Melissa Gamble, Kimberly Kline, Philip Chang and many others in the fashion-loving public. Guests perused the gorgeous photography  while sipping champagne from Laurent-Perrier and noshing on hors d'oeuvers from the Sofitel's own Chef Martial Noguier. Three models from Factor Model Management brought the art to life as they glided through the crowd, resplendent in breathtaking designs by Carolina Herrera, courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

Ateliers du Style (2009) Dior Haute Couture. By Cathleen Nundorf.

Gianfranco Ferre Ready-to-wear. Milan, 1999. By Gerard Uferas

The setup of Cathleen Nundorf prints

The Champagne bar compliments of Laurent Perrier



Factor models in Carolina Herrera gowns

The graceful affair was a lovely way to kick off the exhibit, which elegantly links the American branch of the hotel to Europe and their high-fashion capitals. Artfully arranged around the lobby, the
'Fashion Stills' exhibit will be publicly displayed until August 22. See the beauty for yourself at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, 20 East Chestnut St.

Photo Source: Second City Style
-Alia Rajput

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One Response to Chicago Events. ‘Fashion Stills’ Exhibit at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

  1. Rather compelling photography that we would not expect to see in this kind of setting. I really dig the mise-en-scene of this all. A nice “while you’re here” kind of item to-do when and while you’re (and it’s) around.

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