In 1976, Jim Britt photographed his two daughters at their home in Los Angeles. Shot in black and white, one resulting image – which would later be known as ‘Sisters’ – captured 12-year old Jody and 11-year old ‘Mimi’ Melendy in an ecstatic fit of laughter, both proudly baring their matching braces.
Twelve years later, in 1988, a representative from Comme des Garçons discovered the ‘Sisters’ image in People magazine and asked to licence it for a campaign. Published for AW88, this unassuming family photograph quickly became immortalised in fashion history: unstaged, joyful and flawed, everything fashion advertising normally wasn‘t.
A new book, SISTERS by Jim Britt, 1976 tells the unknown story behind its creation and showcases the never-before-seen images taken during the same photo session. The book features: a 24-page document of unpublished outtakes, a two-sided poster, new interviews from sisters Jody and Melendy, and of course, words from Jim Britt.
Edited and published by Isabella Burley
Art direction by Jamie Andrew Reid
First Edition, 500 copies
Printed in Belgium by Cassochrome
All images copyright Jim Britt © 2018
Booklet and poster housed in clear front, white backed PVC sleeve, and accompanied by foil-blocked grey board. Books will arrive October 4th, the official release date.
24 pages, white thread sewn
190mm x 260mm
260mm x 190mm
Litho HUV Printed
Fedrigoni SF Gloss 150gsm
In addition to the book, we are excited to offer a limited-edition poster set (containing 3 large-scale, double-sided posters) in an edition of 300. The specs are as follows:
Three posters, 580 x 865mm
Litho HUV Printed
Fedrigoni Symbol Satin, 170gsm
PREVIEW & BOOK SIGNING
Sept 6, 6-8pm
Dover Street Market NY
160 Lexington Avenue, 10016
October 4, 6-8pm
Dover Street Market London
18-22 Haymarket, SW1Y 4DG