If fashion, as Vivienne Westwood once said, is about eventually becoming naked, then Nick Veasey may be the ultimate voyeur. For the past two decades, the 50-year-old Brit has been taking and selling X-rays that reveal the inner workings of insects, children’s toys, even a Boeing 777 jet. With his new series, “Fashion,” Veasey is out to show that style is more than a parade of glamazons draped in fabric confections.
Using industrial-grade radiographic-imaging machines—housed in a decommissioned spying station in Kent, England—Veasey has zapped bridal gowns, bowler hats and women’s knickers, examining their ghostly secrets. Among the pieces is a pair of Jimmy Choos (pictured), with a dozen or so tiny nails in its heels resembling microscopic instruments of torture. “Usually you see fashion photography with a beautiful girl in a glamorous location with exquisite clothes,” says Veasey. “It’s all airbrushed and slightly fake, whereas my pictures make you think more deeply about how fashion transforms our personalities.” “Fashion” can be viewed at Brucie Collections, 55-B Artema St., Kiev, Ukraine (through May 13; bruciecollections.com); and Richard Goodall Gallery, 103 High St., Manchester, England (opening June 21; richardgoodallgallery.com).