Bottega Veneta’s Collaborative Spirit

“He [interpreted] the mood of the collection into powerful effect,” Tomas Maier, the Creative Director of Bottega Veneta, says of the images German photographer Juergen Teller captured for Bottega Veneta’s Fall/Winter 2015 campaign. Teller’s signature flash illuminates models Anna Cleveland and Freddy Drabble, who appear primed for a brisk fall evening, clad in Bottega Veneta’s classically poised F/W 2015 collection.

The campaign was shot in Turin, Italy at the decadently decorated 18th-century villa Casa Mollino, the former home to mid-20th century designer Carlo Mollino, which has since been turned into a museum. In the 1960s Mollino designed his home by the Po River to serve as a backdrop for his Polaroid portraits of female models. In Teller’s photographs, it exists before the lens once more as a luxurious, eclectic backdrop: tufted furniture, conch shell, velvet curtain, and horse head sculpture included. 

Since Maier joined Bottega Veneta in 2001, the brand has embarked on a series of artist collaborations for their campaigns. Come October, that young history can be viewed in sequence on the printed page; Rizzoli will be releasing Bottega Veneta: Art of Collaboration, a portfolio of former campaigns stretching back to 2002, which features the work of photographers Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Pieter Hugo, Nan Goldin, Peter Lindbergh, Annie Leibovitz, and Steven Meisel, among others.