Venetia Scott

Fragile Face Lay Flat

5 Carlos Place


Opening Times 
Monday to Saturday 10 – 6pm

Monday 16 September – Saturday 28 September 2019 inclusive

This September, MATCHESFASHION.COM and Sion and Moore will present British photographer Venetia Scott’s first solo exhibition at 5 Carlos Place during London Fashion Week.


To create Fragile Face Lay Flat, Scott cast her eyes back upon the past twelve years of her work, cropping into photographs drawn from her archive of fashion editorials and campaigns so that only the faces of the models remained. The resulting portraits stand apart from their original context, drawing attention to the strong and distinctive gaze of each girl.


Scott developed the idea for this work when blowing up parts of her images. She noticed that, whilst detail is lost in the zoom, a new quality arises – one that draws you in. The portraits are beautifully eerie, looking as if they might have been taken from missing person files. The face of each girl captivates the viewer but stops short of telling us everything we might want to know.


The title Fragile Face Lay Flat came from the handling instructions on a packing crate.


To view available works, click here.


Venetia Scott (b. London)

Scott began her career at British Vogue in the mid-1980s when she assisted the then Fashion Director, Grace Coddington. She left to go freelance and began styling for publications including The Face, Arena, Italian Vogue and i-D, creating iconic imagery through her collaborations with photographers, in particular Juergen Teller. Well known for her distinctive style and original casting choices, she continued to cement her status as an image maker. In 1997, Venetia began consulting for Marc Jacobs where she became Creative Director in 2001, a role she held for over fifteen years. In 2006 Scott started to take photographs and has since shot for many titles including Self Service, British Vogue, W Magazine, Another, Dazed, i-D, Document Journal, Pop and Purple. In 2017, Venetia was appointed Fashion Director of British Vogue.