Liberation of women is one of the key phrases to use, when describing Peter Knapp’s exhibition.
A numbe of changes were happening in Western society during the 1960s and 1970s, it was especially apparent in women's fashion. From fighting against inequality to becoming freer when it came to choosing clothes - functional ready-to-wear took over and haute couture clients were reduced just to a few thousand.
Swiss fashion photographer, Peter Knapp, was at the forefront of capturing the "liberated woman"; he took models out of the studio and onto the streets, capturing fashion through movement. The pictures became more alive and dynamic. He showed women were proud of their bodies, letting their hair flow in the wind, and taking on the world.
Peter Knapp has a very unique artistic language, that was in part defined by his work for designer André Courrèges over twenty five years. Courrèges’ creations were very original, graphic, full of energy, and pushed Peter Knapp's to experiment while trying to capture the designs.
Dancing in the Street, Peter Knapp et la Mode 1960-1970 is on view at La Cité de la Mode et du Design in Paris from March 9 to June 10. It is open from Wednesday to Monday, from 12h00 to 18h00.