Simply put, The Art of Fashion is about celebrating authentic, beautifully crafted, sometimes crazy—always genius—fashion. For Fall 2017, powerful, playful, memorable, expressive, sophisticated, cosmic, bold, dynamic, glam…nothing feels like Neiman Marcus.
The ability to relentlessly experiment is a shared maxim and one that Christensen instills in the photographers she chooses. “I want The Art of Fashion to be them. To be their theater,” she emphasizes. “This is one way it has continued to entice highly collected photographers to the project.”
And with the likes of legendary photographers including Helmut Newton and Annie Leibovitz at the helm over the years, it has to. That’s why Eddie Nunns, the vice president of Neiman Marcus brand creative, says it’s more and more challenging each year to pinpoint who the next photographer to bring a unique perspective will be. “We ask ourselves, ‘Who will look at this project entirely differently?’” Nunns says. “In the end, there’s something alluring about the unexpected—in fashion and in art.”