Research & Exhibitions

The Face of Fashion exhibition enabled a collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, David Adjaye and graphic designer, Thomas Manns. The exhibition enabled viewers to have a rare opportunity to see the work of five of the world’s leading fashion photographers. A fluid system of enclosures, took visitors seamlessly from one space to another. Connections could therefore be made across the work but at the same time encompassing the unique quality of each photographer. The graphic style of the exhibition had a strong identity, creating a visual journey from the initial promotional material designed by Thomas Manss and company, into the Adjaye designed exhibition space. The structure of the exhibition consisted of a series of planes, which created individual spaces. Each wall reflected the character of the photographer displayed through a tonality taken from the colours in the photographs. The activity of the central display space was neutralised by the dark background of the exterior walls.

Face of Fashion Exhibition Design

National Portrait Gallery, London, 2007


  • Adjaye Associates


  • National Portrait Gallery
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