(c) David Lynch, Cardigan #2, 2019



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(c) David Lynch, Cardigan #2, 2019

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the creation of her signature Snap cardigan, agnès b. is delighted to announce the forthcoming exhibition

The exhibition will open on September 24th, 2019, at the headquarters of agnès b., 17 rue Dieu, Paris (France). 

… PHOTOGRAPHERS … ARTISTS AND THE SNAP CARDIGAN echoes the first snap cardigan exhibition held at la galerie du jour as part of Paris Photography Month 1986, two years after the gallery’s opening. As the stylist, philanthropist and collector agnès b. noted on that occasion, «A while ago, I designed a cardigan for myself. I wanted a sweatshirt that opened in front with lots of snaps that evoke a Renaissance garment, a child’s garment for grown-ups, or the other way round. Since then, it has sold and been seen on other people. I had the idea for the exhibition when I saw people making the garment their own, adapting it to their personal style. It occurred to me that photographers are never given the same subject, and that they would each have their own vision of the garment. Their response was enthusiastic, and the result is beautiful. I am extremely grateful.» At the time, 140 photographers contributed to the show. Acclaimed by the public and critics alike, the show was then presented at Centre Pompidou in 1996. 

For the 2019 exhibition, agnès b. has given carte blanche to over 60 photographers and artists of 14 different nationalities. Young artists from the contemporary scene and established artists offer their interpretation of this timeless garment, working to a single specification: a 40×60 cm photograph whose main subject is the Snap cardigan. Their diverse contributions reflect the variety, dynamism and eclecticism of photography. 

The exhibition … PHOTOGRAPHERS … ARTISTS AND THE SNAP CARDIGAN will subsequently travel to Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo. 

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the garment, a book entitled agnès b.: the Snap cardigan, will be published by Editions Assouline in September 2019. 

Featuring the contributions of:

Roger Ballen

Tim Barber

Richard Billingham 

Samuel Bollendorff 

Brodbeck & De Barbuat 

Jared Buckhiester 

Jonathan Caouette 

Vasco Cesaretti

Kenta Cobayashi

Mark Cohen

Jacob Consenstein 

Martha Cooper

Brigitte Cornand

Craig Costello

Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques 

Elisabeth Daynès

Omar Victor Diop 

Nicolas Floc’h

Lucas Foglia

The Fourth Dimension 

Samuel Gratacap 

Harry Gruyaert 

Balarama Heller

Todd Hido

Isabella Hin

Go Itami


Pablo Jomaron

Rinko Kawauchi

Johnny Knapp (Auto Body) 

Sue Kwon

Claude Lévêque 

Sébastien Lifshitz

David Lynch

Ari Marcopoulos


Dmitry Markov

Annette Messager

Joel Meyerowitz

Chad Moore

Malik Nejmi

Gaspar Noé

Gabriel Orlowski

Luna Picoli-Truffaut

Jean Pigozzi

Lola Reboud

Pierre Reimer

Hugues Reip

Paul Rousteau

Lina Scheynius

Selma Selman

Chris Shaw


Carly Steinbrunn

Prue Stent & Honey Long 

Peter Sutherland

Hiraku Suzuki 


Juergen Teller

Ed Templeton

Jean-Luc Verna

Camille Vivier

Massimo Vitali

Hayato Wakabayashi 

Luo Yang

Et agnès b.

The exhibition is supported by Dupon Phidap. 

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Place Jean-Michel Basquiat, 75013 Paris