The Glamour of Frank Govers
by Jochem Brouwer
21 June - 19 July 2018
Opening and book presentation
21 June 5 - 9 pm
opening speech by Hedy D’Ancona
At the age of 17 Jochem Brouwer (Amsterdam, 1972) started to photograph the haute couture shows of fashion designer Frank Govers. After 2 seasons he was asked to make the press photos and continued working with Govers until his retirement. Brouwer and Govers had a special bond as they could "spend time together in silence". Brouwer, being a young and shy upcoming photographer, operated in the background and never seeked the spotlight. Because of this his photos portray a very pure and unique perspective of Govers his genius creations.
Frank Govers (1932-1997) was a very renowned Dutch designer who after a life as a window dresser turned to couture in the mid seventies. In this period he made designs with abundant colours and the lavish use of fabrics. This bold and courageous style kicked off an succesfull career as a fashion designer for which he was granted the Royal Distinction two years before his passing.
Towards the end of his life he was more drawn to Parisian fashion and started to incorporate it's big and wide appeal. Within the creations of Govers echoos the desire for a better and more beautiful life. This is the philosophy that also resonates within Brouwer and this collection of photos. For the last 6 years of this Dutch couturier's career, Jochem made iconic analogue photographs of his creations. A time of glamour, opulence and perfection is clearly visible in his works as opposed to the easy and fast fashion that we see nowadays.
The opening will take place during “WeMakeThe.City”, the festival that makes cities better.
During the opening Brouwer will present the book “The Glamour of Frank Govers”.
Hedy d'Ancona will give the opening speech and will recieve the first copy of the book.
During the exhibition at the KYAS ART SALON you can marvel at these historic images and commission Brouwer for a professional portrait.
Solo exhibitions: 2011. De”Q” Sociëteit De Kring, Amsterdam 2007. "Glamour chez L’Hourre” Auberge des Abers. Lannilis Finistère 2006. "Pont du Diable". L’Aber Wrac’h Finistère 2003. “VERSUS“ Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam 1996. “PORTRAITS“ Sociëteit De Kring, Amsterdam 1993. “FRANK GOVERS COLLECTION HAUTE COUTURE” Haags Gemeente Museum, Den Haag.