Soul of a Woman: A Journey Through Art & Fashion

2 JULY 2021 • 4:00 PM BST • LONDON
Join writer and broadcaster Camille Charriere in conversation with supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova, fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, author and journalist Laure Adler and Sotheby's Director and photography specialist Jonas Tebib, as they celebrate the work and collection of Paolo Roversi. The panel will explore how artists have endeavoured to capture women's souls in art and fashion photography down the ages and examine the connection between artist, muse and model.

Meet the Panel

Natalia Vodianova

Natalia Vodianova is a supermodel, philanthropist, global influencer in the luxury and fashion scene, and mother of five. But she is also a seasoned entrepreneur and impact investor, known for picking the most cutting-edge, revolutionary technologies and ideas able to improve people’s lives and create a positive change in society. Always willing to help others, she made giving back her mission in life. Her NGO, the Naked Heart Foundation, has been helping children with special needs since 2004. Today she serves as Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, to empower women’s health.

Paolo Roversi

Paolo Roversi is a photographer best known for his striking, intimate portraiture and classical visual language. His photographs occupy a realm between the past and present, resulting in imagery that feels at once progressive and familiar.

Roversi’s interest in photography began at an early age during a trip to Spain, prompting him to build a darkroom for printing his black and white photographs. He began his professional career in 1970 with photojournalism assignments, but soon shifted his focus to fashion. After a period assisting Laurence Sackman, Roversi started shooting his own fashion editorials and advertising campaigns, the resulting catalogue of which over the years has made him one of the industry’s preeminent image-makers. In the early 1980s he added large-format Polaroid photography to his practice, a medium that continues to enhance his trademark style.

Roversi is the recipient of numerous awards and his photographs have been featured in a variety of monographs and exhibitions. His work has appeared in Italian Vogue, Vogue UK, Vogue Paris, Vanity Fair, W Magazine and i-D. He has created campaigns for Dior, Cerruti, Comme des Garçons, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino and Alberta Ferretti. He is the author of the 2020 Pirelli Calendar.

Laure Adler

Laure Adler holds a master's degree in philosophy and a doctorate in history. She began her career at France Culture in 1974 as a journalist and participated in several television programmes. In 1990, she was appointed to the Elysée Palace as a representative for culture, before becoming in 1992 the director of documentaries and cultural programmes on France 2 and an advisor to the President of France Télévisions, where she appeared in successful historical and cultural magazines on television and radio. From 1999 to 2005, Laure Adler directed France Culture.

Her career also took her to the publishing world. After working with Payot, Denoël and Plon, she joined Grasset in 1997 as Head of essays and documents. As a writer, she is the author of several historical works, including Les premières journalistes (Payot), Les femmes politiques (Seuil), Sur les pas d'Hannah Arendt (Gallimard), and a biography of Marguerite Duras (Gallimard) for which she received the French literary prize Prix Femina essai in 1998. In recent years, she published Les femmes artistes sont dangereuses at Flammarion with Camille Viéville.

Jonas Tebib

Tebib joined Sotheby’s in 2016 as the Director of the Photographs department in Paris and has since organized the sale of several collections in Paris such a Estelle& Hervé Frances, Syz Collection, and other Important European collections.

Today, as Client Strategist and a Senior Photography Specialist, Jonas is advising major collectors and institutions on buying and selling photographs across the 19th and 20st centuries.

Camille Charrière

London based writer and broadcaster, Camille Charrière is one of the fashion industry’s leading tastemakers, she has built an authentic business within the fashion sphere rooted in everyday storytelling and style, regularly being tapped for campaigns with brands including Miu Miu, Uniqlo and Chopard.

After completing a bilingual bachelor degrees and a master’s degrees in French law from Paris Nanterre University and an LLM in British Common Law, she moved to London to pursue a career in finance but left in 2010 to explore more creative pursuits. Camille’s critical and honest voice in fashion led her to write for prestigious outlets including Net-a-Porter, ST Style, Harper’s Bazaar, British Vogue, The Telegraph and more recently a regular column for Grazia.

As a seasoned broadcaster, Camille founded and co-produced the well-known podcast Fashion: No Filter, which gave a behind-the-scenes look at fundamental issues in fashion. Most recently she’s partnered with French network CANAL + hosting two seasons of Paris Fashion in collaboration with the FHCM, and has been tapped for speaker opportunities with Vogue Business and The FT Series – NextGen. Camille boasts a staggering 1M+ followers on social media using her platform to inspire her audience and has been featured in publications including Vogue Paris, FT, ELLE, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

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