Room 100 (2012) © Ellen von Unwerth

Ellen von Unwerth needs no introduction; we’re all familiar with her provocative and very sexy images of models, music stars and movie icons. Her style is instantly recognizable and the fashion industry adores her, resulting in major campaigns for designers such as Guess, Dior, Lacoste, Alberta Ferretti; as well as album covers for Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and Janet Jackson and fashion spreads for major publications such as Vogue, i-D and Vanity Fair.

Room 69 (2012) © Ellen von Unwerth

An exclusive body of work entitled Do Not Disturb! is on show at Michael Hoppen Gallery. The super-kitch Madonna Inn in Los Angeles sets the scene for shots of these glamorous women, who, as you can see, range from the delicate coquette to the more robust dominatrix. Each of the rooms in this renowned LA hotel – a slice of ur-Americana if there ever was one – features imaginative and fantastical interior design, as individual as the characters that occupy them, lending to the seductive fantasy scenario of the wildest weekend away one could imagine having…

Room 248 (2012) © Ellen von Unwerth

Ellen von Unwerth | Do Not Disturb!
22nd June – 31st August 2012
Michael Hoppen Gallery
3 Jubilee Place
London SW3 3TD

Words by Anna Bang

Room 33 (2012) © Ellen von Unwerth


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