Steven Klein, Courtesy Steven Klein Studio 2010, Hyères Festival.

Steven Klein, Courtesy Steven Klein Studio 2010, Hyères Festival.

Steven Klein Shoots Fashion & Examines Decline of American Society

Steven Klein, Vogue Paris (Erotic spread dedicated to the late Alexander McQueen), 2010, Model: Lily Donaldson, Stylist: Carine Roitfeld, model wears pieces from Dior, Chanel and Valentino.

Steven Klein, Vogue Italia Couture Supplement, March 2010, Models: Rie Rasmussen, Jon Kortajarena, Styling by Patti Wilson.


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Steven Klein
Your Hallucination Is Now Complete

January 27-30, 2011

Steven Klein is the enfant terrible of fashion photography, consistently challenging the established fashion system with creative resistance. His fashion series on the pages of both American and French editions of Vogue provide a turbulent counterpoint in the magazine landscape.

Klein examines the disintegration of American society in extensively staged images. His series feature erotically-tinged, occasionally sadomasochistic narrative scenes inspired by the seamier side of life. Whether the subjects are models or celebrities, such as Madonna or Brad Pitt, Klein manipulates them in his own way to explore the boundaries of what generally goes for good taste. His fashion series for American magazine W have acquired cult status.

Foam presents Your Hallucination Is Now Complete by fashion photographer Steven Klein as part of Amsterdam International Fashion Week. Your Hallucination Is Now Complete is a new video work by Steven Klein specially compiled for Hyères annual fashion and photography festival in 2010. This multimedia presentation is presented in the Westergoud building at Westergasterrein, near the catwalk shows.

The presentation features a larger-than-life video clip in which static and moving images are interspersed in an upbeat tempo to the sound of sinister music. The video shows a range of fashion series made by the photographer between 2001 and 2010. With Your Hallucination Is Now Complete Klein creates a portrait of decadence and decay in America.

Steven Klein trained as a painter at Rhode Island School of Design before launching his career as a photographer in Paris. He regularly contributes to American Vogue, Vogue Italia and W. Klein has worked on numerous advertising campaigns, particularly Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein and Dolce & Gabbana. He recently directed Alejandro, a music video for Lady Gaga.

Your Hallucination Is Now Complete by Steven Klein was compiled by Michel Mallard and Raphaëlle Stopin and was made possible with support from Grazia and Marie Claire.

Steven Klein, Advertising for Calvin Klein Spring/Summer Collection, 2010, Model: David Agbodji.

Steven Klein, still from Lady Gaga video for Alejandro, 2010.

Steven Klein, Courtesy Steven Klein Studio 2010, Hyères Festival.