Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Justin de Villeneuve
Justin de Villeneuve was born Nigel Jonathan Davies in the East End of London but was evacuated to a manor house in Hertfordshire during World War II, staying with J B Priestly, which was to be a great influence on him. Throughout his lifetime, Villeneuve undertook many different professions; from hairdresser to boxer, manager and poet, but it is his role as photographer that granted him his fame. Between 1966 and 1973 Villeneuve was Twiggy's manager and was fundamental in launching her as the World's first supermodel. Villenueve has created many iconic posters of models and rockstars. Notably, the poster of 'Twiggy and Bowie' from the 1960's.
A collection of his photographs are currently on show at The Fashion and Textile Museum in London Bridge until 25th April:
Justin de Villeneuve: Fashion and Fame. Photographs 1968-1973.