Kering Group’s Women in Motion initiative hosted a glitzy and cerebral celebration of the renowned photographer at Fotografiska

On Tuesday evening, the fashion world’s finest flocked to Park Avenue for Vivian Maier: Unseen Work, an exhibition held at Fotografiska New York dedicated to the late street photographer’s entire oeuvre of both still and moving images from the ’50s through the ’80s. Hosted by Kering Americas, the night commenced with a panel discussion between artists and designers Anne Morin and Anya Komar as well as photographer Lynn Saville, moderated by International Center for Photography’s Senior Curator Elisabeth Sherman. Inspired by Maier’s practice, they discussed themes including visibility, creativity, and equality. Guests were granted an exclusive viewing of Unseen Work, the first major retrospective of the Bronx-born artist’s work in the United States. The installation, organized by diChroma photography and Fotografiska New York in collaboration with the John Maloof Collection, is a holistic glimpse into Maier’s catalog, including documentaries captured on Super 8, soundtracks, and an array of both vintage and modern photo prints in color and black and white. After the opening, patrons were treated to dinner at Verōnika, Fotografiska’s upscale restaurant housed in the same building.

Yoram Roth, Anne Morin, Laurent Claquin.

The event was the latest from Kering’s Women In Motion initiative—the fashion group’s program to “raise awareness of the underrepresentation of women in cinema” and “highlight the inequalities in the field of culture and the arts to change limiting perceptions,” as stated in a press release. Among the throng of guests were Sarita Choudhury, Alek Wek, Mark Seliger, Sophie Elgort, Colby Mugrabi, Tina Leung, Vira Capeci, Hunter Abrams, Caryl Englander, Shaniqwa Jarvis, Vanina Sorrenti, Fulvia Farolfi, Danny Kasirye, Fabiola Beracasa Beckman, Flo Ngala, Lisa Cortés, Kia LaBeija, Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, and Samina Virk.

With this event dedicated to Vivian Maier’s previously soft-spoken photographic legacy, Kering—whose renowned labels include Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen—mobilized the fashion community to acknowledge the many other women in the arts whose names so often go unsaid.

Vivian Maier: Unseen Work is the first major retrospective of the Bronx-born artist’s work in the United states, and is on view at Fotografiska New York until September 29.