Wonderful Things: Fashion Photography at the V&A

Illustration by Rebecca Marks

Last September saw the opening of the V&A’s latest exhibition to delve into the mesmerising world of fashion photography. ‘Tim Walker: Wonderful Things’ was a comprehensive exploration of the work of the renowned artist Tim Walker. A reoccurring name behind shoots for both major magazines and fashion houses worldwide, he is known for his distinctive image-taking that blurs the line between fantasy and reality. It was for this landmark exhibition that over 150 new photographs inspired by objects from the Museum’s collection were captured.

Born in 1970, Walker developed an early interest in fashion photography whilst cataloguing the images of Cecil Beaton in the Condé Nast archives. He was stirred by the work of this great pioneer of British camerawork to pursue a degree in photography before taking up the role as assistant to Richard Avedon in New York. At 25, Walker shot his first story for Vogue in what was to become one of many commissions for the magazine’s international titles. He has since contributed to advertising campaigns for brands including Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen. It is his fantastical aesthetic and exuberant imagination that has placed Walker at the forefront of his industry. Often playing with the surreal and unexpected, his idiosyncratic approach to image-taking can be as beautiful and creative as the clothes that he shoots.