A new retrospective exhibition celebrating the life and work of Amy Winehouse opened at the Design Museum in Kensington on November 26.
Marking the 10th anniversary of Winehouse’s death, the exhibition allows visitors to go behind the scenes and relive iconic performances, and understand the singer’s creative process as an artist.
Amy: Beyond the Stage was created in collaboration with the Winehouse family, with her close friend and stylist Naomi Parry acting as a special advisor to give the exhibition a personal touch.
Parry said: âI was determined to do an exhibition on Amy because I had seen with my own eyes how she became a global icon.
Often times, Amy’s portrayal will focus on the negative aspects of her life, while this exhibit will introduce visitors to all that she has accomplished and highlight the incredible imprint she has left on the lives of her fans. of the whole world.”
Visitors will be able to view previously unseen personal items, including Winehouse’s teenage notebooks, handwritten lyrics and his first electric guitar.
The exhibit also explores the story behind the singer’s iconic beehive and fashion style, and features several dresses she wore for live performances.
Exhibition curator and curator Priya Khanchandani said: âAmy’s incredible voice, confessional lyrics and provocative manners have made her one of the most important artists of our time.
âShe resisted the singular nature of the genre, and that was reflected in her image.
“This exhibition pays homage to the many references that Amy relied on, which made her a character who was and remains larger than life.”
Curators also highlighted how Amy Winehouse drew inspiration from a wide range of genres and musical influences – including Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, the Shagri-Las, the Ronettes, Motown, Salt- N-Pepa and many Suite.
Born in Enfield, north London, in 1983, Amy Winehouse attended Brit School, a performing and creative arts school in Croydon, and recorded her first demo at the age of sixteen.
Her second album, Back to Black, sold 3.58 million copies in the UK alone, becoming the UK’s second best-selling album of the 21st century to date.
The album has sold over 16 million copies worldwide.
Amy Winehouse died on July 23, 2011 of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27.
Amy: Beyond the Stage will be open until April 10, 2022.
Featured Image Credit: Exhibition Identity by Studio Moross