Captivate! Fashion Photography from the '90s. Curated by Claudia Schiffer

Claudia Schiffer offers a unique perspective on the decade that changed fashion forever, as the curator of 'Fashion Photography from the 1990s' at Kunstpalast Düsseldorf. 




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Supermodel and global fashion icon, Claudia Schiffer, takes Kunstpalast visitors on a personal journey through the fashion industry of the 1990s. In her first curated exhibition, Schiffer brings together legendary fashion photographers, designers, editors and supermodels, whose energy and vision, like her own, captivated and shaped the decade.

Approximately 150 exhibits draw upon a diverse panorama of the various aspects, characters, and places that were important in the fashion world of the time and the broader cultural sphere. Schiffer balances major photographic works, which continue to inspire and influence today’s artists and designers, with unseen and intimate material. Moving image, music and memorabilia from her private archive will reflect the dynamism and change of the era, allowing visitors to catch a glimpse behind the scenes of legendary fashion shows and afterparties.

The exhibition provides insights into a diverse world of images: the extravaganza of Arthur Elgort’s oeuvre is shown next to Corinne Day’s intimate and immediate style. Ellen von Unwerth’s sense of humour and exuberant play with sexiness, meet the sculptural and perfectly composed works by Herb Ritts. The provocative photos by Juergen Teller contrast with Karl Lagerfeld’s elegant and timeless images. Many more iconic photographers are featured in the show. Furthermore, the exhibition showcases the richness and variety of fashion media. From the billboard to the perfectly framed print, magazine pages or Polaroids, visitors will encounter images in every possible form.


Claudia Schiffer was born in Rheinberg, Germany in 1970. She was first discovered in 1987 by a model agent in Checker’s Dusseldorf nightclub and is one of the original and most in-demand Supermodels of all time. She has featured on the cover of over 1000 globally renowned titles and has been an inspiration to a myriad of designers, in a career that spans more than 30 years. She has also been the subject of the most renowned photography of our time and taken some of the most cutting-edge fashion down the catwalk.

Ellen von Unwerth: Claudia Schiffer, Guess Campaign 1990


Claudia Schiffer at home, Photo: Lucie McCullin

Richard Avedon: Nadja Auermann, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, 1994, for Versace Fall/Winter 1994/1995 © The Richard Avedon Foundation


Exhibition Trailer

Photos and videos in the trailer

Richard Avedon, Nadja Auermann, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, 1994, for Versace Fall/Winter 1994/1995, © The Richard Avedon Foundation

Doug Ordway, Golden Girls, models: Emma Sjöberg, Nadja Auermann, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Ève Salvail, Shalom Harlow, Carla Bruni, Olga Pantushenkova, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Yasmeen Ghauri, Amber Valletta, Tricia Helfer, Helena Christensen, backstage at Versace RTW Fall 1994, © Doug Ordway

Arthur Elgort, model: Claudia Schiffer, Rome 1995 for Valentino, © Arthur Elgort

Ellen von Unwerth, model: Naomi Campbell, New York 1994, © Ellen von Unwerth/ Trunk Archive

Peter Lindbergh, Wild at Heart, models: Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, Helena Christensen, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Karen Mulder, Stephanie Seymour, New York 1991 for Vogue US, © Peter Lindbergh (courtesy Peter Lindbergh Foundation)

Walter Chin, Vogue Deutschland Cover, Sept 1992, © Walter Chin / Condé Nast, VOGUE Germany

Bruce Weber, Seventh on Sale, models: Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, New York 1992 for Revlon, © Bruce Weber

Arthur Elgort, models: Beverly Peele, Tyra Banks, 1993 for Vogue UK, © Arthur Elgort

Juergen Teller, Young Pink Kate, London 1998 (model: Kate Moss), © Juergen Teller, All Rights Reserved

Patrick Demarchelier, model: Christy Turlington, 1990 for Vogue UK, © Patrick Demarchelier

Herb Ritts: model, Claudia Schiffer, Palmdale, California 1992, © Herb Ritts Foundation/ Trunk Archive

Patrick Demarchelier, model: Christy Turlington, 1999 for Harper’s Bazaar, © Patrick Demarchelier

Arthur Elgort, models: Karen Mulder, Claudia Schiffer, 1992 for Vogue FR, © Arthur Elgort

Arthur Elgort, model: Stella Tennant, 1995 for Vogue US, © Arthur Elgort

© Private Collection Claudia Schiffer

Arthur Elgort, models: Beverly Peele, Naomi Campbell, 1993 for Vogue US, © Arthur Elgort

© Private Collection Claudia Schiffer

Roxanne Lowit, Christy Turlington and Kate Moss backstage at Isaac Mizrahi, Los Angeles 1994, © Roxanne Lowit

Mario Testino, Anna Wintour, London 1998, © Mario Testino

Mario Testino, Karl Lagerfeld, models: Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and others, Paris 1994, © Mario Testino

Roxanne Lowit, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista, Paris, 1990, © Roxanne Lowit

Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue US, April 1992, © Patrick Demarchelier


Exhibition playlist – selected by Claudia Schiffer

From her biggest runway moments to iconic songs of the 90s – Claudia Schiffer has exclusively selected her favourite fashion tracks for the Kunstpalast.



Accompanying the exhibition, Prestel-Verlag is publishing a richly illustrated catalogue with the visual appearance of a coffee table book. It includes a conversation between Felix Krämer and Claudia Schiffer, personal essays by fashion luminaries Carine Roitfeld, Christiane Arp and Ellen von Unwerth, and quotes from leading figures in the fashion industry such as Anna Wintour, Edward Enniful, Grace Coddington, Donatella Versace and Valentino Garavani.

Museum edition: 48 €
Retail edition: 55 €
Versions: German / Englisch

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The audio guide, recorded by Claudia Schiffer herself, presents selected works from the exhibition.

Approx. 60 min, in German and English, € 3

Accompanying catalogue, photo: Katja Illner

Exhibition View

Exhibition view "CAPTIVATE!", photo: Katja Illner

Exhibition view "CAPTIVATE!", photo: Katja Illner

Exhibition view "CAPTIVATE!", photo: Katja Illner

Exhibition view "CAPTIVATE!", photo: Katja Illner

Exhibition view "CAPTIVATE!", photo: Katja Illner

Exhibition view "CAPTIVATE!", photo: Katja Illner

Exhibition view "CAPTIVATE!", photo: Katja Illner

Exhibition view "CAPTIVATE!", photo: Katja Illner

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Herb Ritts: Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Christy Tourlington, Naomi Campbell, Hollywood 1993 for Vogue US © Herb Ritts Foundation/Trunk Archive

Arthur Elgort: Beverly Peele, Tyra Banks, 1993 for Vogue US © Arthur Elgort

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