In 2008, British fashion photographer Tim Walker shot a famous series for Vogue UK titled “Tales of the Unexpected,” based on the offbeat fantasy works of writer Roald Dahl. The surreal photos featured U.S. director Tim Burton, known for creepily comic films like “Beetlejuice,” posing with his then-wife, actress Helena Bonham Carter, and the model Karen Elson.
In one image, the three pop culture icons dressed whimsically tumble out of a super-size TV — a comment on modern over-the-top advertising. Mr. Walker’s series shows how fashion fancies itself as more than beautiful threads and consumer seduction. It’s influenced by art and considers itself to be art, making people think critically and outside the box.
Today, fashion is still as obsessed with the art world as ever, with two major exhibitions in Paris and Essen this fall linking up the two sides of the spectrum.