Photographs by Liz Johnson Artur, Text by Bernardine Evaristo
From fashion to photography to literature, a book following a mantra: “We will no longer be silenced to become anything less than powerful and utterly fabulous.”
Identity, diversity, inclusivity: the essential values of Maison Valentino and creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli. This book is founded on, as the choral work of three artists: Pierpaolo Piccioli, Liz Johnson Artur and Bernardine Evaristo.
Three different visions in a unique moment: the Valentino Collezione Milano fashion show, which took place in Milan at the Fonderia Macchi on September 27, 2020. A time of great changes, a time when COVID dictated its rules, but that did not persuade art. “We are storming towards your future and you cannot stop us,” writes Bernardine Evaristo.
Pierpaolo Piccioli chose Turner Prize–winning photographer Liz Johnson Artur to interpret Valentino Collezione Milano and the show through her lens. He wanted Liz’s eyes to convey his values: no fuss, no frills, just women and men wearing his collection walking toward the light. A passionate intention that brings fashion at the center of the narration. Liz’s photography is enlightened by the words conceived by Evaristo. You no longer see the dress, you see decisive characters wanting to take a radical step forward, to their new beginnings.
About The Author
British writer Bernardine Evaristo is the author of eight books and numerous other works. Her novel Girl, Woman, Other won the 2019 Booker Prize, and in 2020 it won the British Book Award’s Author of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year. Liz Johnson Artur is a Ghanaian-Russian photographer based in London. Her work documents the lives of Black people from across the African diaspora.