Welcome to Wonderland

This book is the ultimate collection of Annie Leibovitz’ fashion photography
By Ella Joyce | Fashion | 3 December 2021

Over the last 50 years, Annie Leibovitz’ eye has helped direct, guide and capture the fashion industry’s greatest talents; her hallmarks – theatrical staging, enchanting storytelling and a surrealist bent – working in creative dialogue with the designs they portray.

Now, these images at the cornerstone of Leibovitz’ career are brought together in a new book by Phaidon (on sale now at Matchesfashion’s Carlos Place store and online). Titled Wonderland, the book invites us, like Alice, to go down the rabbit hole, suspending reality for a much more interesting adventure.

Across more than 340 photographs, 90 of which have not been seen since their original magazine publication, Leibovitz’ fashion photography for publications such as Rolling Stone, Vogue and Vanity Fair is collated: including Sarah Jessica Parker in front of a mountain of pillows, Natalia Vodianova as Alice and Marc Jacobs as the Caterpillar, and Andrew Garfield, Lily Cole and Lady Gaga as Hansel, Gretel and the Wicked Witch.

Wonderland by Annie Leibovitz, published by Phaidon, 2021

“Looking back at my work, I see that fashion has always been there,” says Leibovitz in the preface to Wonderland. “Fashion plays a part in the scheme of everything, but photography always comes first for me. The photograph is the most important part. And photography is so big that it can encompass journalism, portraiture, reportage, family photographs, fashion… My work for Vogue fueled the fire for a kind of photography that I might not otherwise have explored.”

Wonderland by Annie Leibovitz, published by Phaidon, 2021

Wonderland by Annie Leibovitz, published by Phaidon, 2021

Descriptive backstories by Leibovitz accompany the imagery while Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has authored the foreword which delves into the pair’s three-decades-long working relationship. Wonderland stands as a portal into the work of a visionary whose mark on the industry is undeniable – down the rabbit hole you go.

Wonderland by Annie Leibovitz is available to purchase, here

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