In September 2016, the Kunsthal Rotterdam proudly presents ‘A Different History of Fashion’, the first major retrospective devoted to the legendary German photographer Peter Lindbergh. After this World Première in Rotterdam the show will be touring internationally from 2017 on. The exhibition and book devoted to more than thirty years of fashion images by Peter Lindbergh is created thanks to the exclusive and unconditional access he has given curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot to his personal archives.

‘A Different History of Fashion’ presents the most iconic images of Lindbergh through twenty five renowned fashion designers from different eras : with their personal commentaries on the images Lindbergh created, with original pieces from their respective haute-couture collections and with additional material that has never been shown before.

Some of these designers like Azzedine Alaïa, Jean Paul Gaultier, Giorgio Armani or Rei Kawakubo from Comme des Garçons have collaborated with the photographer for over thirty years now. These photographs, some published in monthly magazines, most often never presented to the general public, are unfortunately forgotten despite their historical importance. Through the eye of designers and collaborators of the photographer, this exhibition tells a story of contemporary fashion, bringing together works that have influenced a generation of designers, photographers and artists.

Peter Lindbergh is born in Lissa, Germany (1944) and currently lives and works in Paris, Arles and New York.