Phillips is delighted to launch Role Play, celebrating the groundbreaking work of internationally acclaimed photographer Steven Meisel in a traveling selling exhibition. From his early days as an illustrator for Women’s Wear Daily, Meisel captured the 80s zeitgeist in his bold and pioneering style. Ever the visionary, Meisel has continued to cultivate his distinct eye with each passing decade, continuously defining and redefining the leading aesthetic in fashion photography.
Over the course of his illustrious career, Meisel has collaborated with major fashion publications, from Vanity Fair to Interview, W Magazine, and Vogue, and Vogue Italia, for whom he has photographed every cover for the past twenty-five years. His imagery is reliably rich in narrative, drawing from an encyclopedic knowledge of fashion’s history. With an informed nod to the past, Meisel’s photographs continue to lead the ever-evolving dialogue in fashion photography.