Nailphilia

So you have the perfect dress, and the perfect shoes. Let’s not forget you have the perfect jewels and bag too, but is something missing? Ah, yes the nails, they are looking a little chipped and in need of some T.L.C so why not get inspiration from the newest collection of nail art in the Nailphilia exhibition? Heck, who needs accessories when you can have manicured nails that could put a sculpture park to shame!

The nail art created in this exhibition by some of the worlds best nail artists is really an improvement on some of the things seen in more traditional art galleries these days. Ever since celebrities have been pushing the boundaries of fashion through their tour costumes and red carpet wear, there has been a high demand on the perfect nails to match the perfect dress. But with nails like this maybe it is more a case of matching the dress to the nails.

Nailphilia is more of a curated art collection, than something you might find in a salon, showing pieces shot by fashions visionary Nick Knight (SHOWstudio) as well as brands from fashions biggest nail trends such as Minx, Cheap Monday’s nail jewellery and NYC’s Laruicci (who created the gold claws seen in Beyoncé’s latest video “Run The World”)

Pushing practicality and function out of the window, some of these nails are based on mimicking art work, while others are interpretations of the SS11 catwalk collections. And there is definitely a sense of history in there with Sue Marsh’s (a legendary nail technician) archive of nail work, including the famous leopard nails created for Mel B of the Spice Girls, PJ Harvey’s gradiated feather nails as well as a set of real metal nails created for one of Alexander McQueen’s early shows.

Curated by the guys over at Degree Art Gallery, Nailphilia is showing until the 25th of September in London.

Photos: Susannah Lau