Opening Saturday, March 2 and featuring work from some of the biggest names in modern and contemporary photography—fashion photography and otherwise—UW's Out [o] Fashion: Embracing Beauty was curated for this very event by Deborah Willis, Ph. D., the first Visiting Fellow in the Henry Art Gallery's endeavor to "bring artists and scholars to Seattle to study works in the museum's collections and engage with University of Washington students."

A book by the same name is available at the Henry Shop.

Images by Andy Warhol, Cecil Beaton, Cindy Sherman, and others allow visitors to step back and think about how we capture beauty for fashion magazines, for fashion advertising, for history, for art, and for any and all other esoteric reasoning.

Willis, a photographer, curator, and African American photography historian, researched the gallery's special collections for two years, drawing on a wealth of historical photography images, new-media, and video to present this cross-cultural perspective.

We spend a lot of time looking at fashion images, sometimes wanting to be the image, sometimes wanting to rebel against the image, oftentimes not even fully understanding how the images color our ideas of ourselves and each other.

This is an opportunity to page through Vogue and look in the mirror with new understanding. The show runs through September 1; may we suggest a double feature with Style Counselor Anna Telc's Dowsing?

The Henry is also screening Paris is Burning on March 9 (highly recommended; see it on Netflix if not at UW) in conjunction with the show, and Cleopatra Jones on May 30.