Paolo Roversi: ‘The More We Think, The Less We See’

Paolo Roversi: ‘The More We Think, The Less We See’


PARIS — “Paolo Roversi’s photos have always made Comme des Garçons clothes stronger and more beautiful,” designer Rei Kawakubo says.

Collaborations between Kawakubo and the photographer are currently on display in the newly inaugurated Dover Street Market Paris’ courtyard and exhibition space, as well as coating the facade of the Comme des Garçons flagship on Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré.

Kawakubo is not the only one paying tribute to the iconic Italian photographer at present: Roversi is the subject of a major monograph at the Palais Galliera fashion museum — his first-ever dedicated museum exhibition in Paris — as well as two new books, a large-format catalogue accompanying the Galliera exhibition and “Letters on Light,” an exchange of epistolary essays between Roversi and the philosopher Emanuele Coccia.

Roversi was born in Ravenna, Italy in 1947, the same year Christian Dior debuted his “New Look.” In 1973, he moved to Paris, where his delicate portraits filled with light and shadow made him a trusted collaborator of designers including Kawabuko, Romeo Gigli and Yohji Yamamoto, as well as a sought-after contributor to the likes of Vogue and Egoïste during fashion media’s golden era.