Chicness and light

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 December, 2011, 12:00am


A striking collaboration of photography and fashion can be seen at a new exhibition that arrived in Hong Kong this week. The show, at the Fringe Club in Central, displays the striking Lightscapes series of prints and lightbox images by British photographer James Reeve.

His work shows alongside pieces from Dries Van Noten's spring-summer 2012 collection, which incorporates Reeve's photographs.

The clothes were shown to critical acclaim on the Paris catwalks this summer. Hong Kong fans can see them for the next fortnight before they go on sale. They can also enjoy the photographs that inspired them.

Reeve's photographs of cities and iconic buildings from Marseilles, France (where he lives), to Las Vegas feature graphic patterns of light. The buildings themselves disappear into total blackness. These images caught Van Noten's eye at the Hyres International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Paris, where he was a judge last year.

The designer asked Reeve to collaborate on his next collection, and eight shots were chosen to appear on fabric for several pieces in the womenswear range.

'Dries agreed with me that the images should not be manipulated in any way or aggressively cropped,' Reeve said at the Hong Kong opening on Tuesday evening. 'After that, I put my complete trust in him and kept out of the way of the design process.'

Before the garments were designed, the photographer worked closely with the textile team in Antwerp, Belgium. After supplying high-resolution digital files of his images, Reeve attended the colour tests and approved the final version. 'I have been very impressed with the print quality, especially as my work has dense blacks that make them difficult to work with,' Reeve said.

The exhibition is at the Fringe Club in Central until December 12