Acclaimed photographer Rankin offers his unique take on the ‘food as fashion’ craze sparked by Lady Gaga, with a quirky photograph of his wife Tuuli that will be auctioned off for HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).
Just as Gaga grabbed headlines worldwide with a dress made entirely from meat, Rankin shows Tuuli brandishing a knife and fork, naked save for a French-trimmed rack of lamb worn as a crown. The image, entitled ‘Tuulilicious’, will be one of the lots on offer at THT’s annual Lighthouse Gala Auction (21 March, 2011) to raise money for people living with and affected by HIV.
Rankin said: “Terrence Higgins Trust does incredible and vital work in the prevention of HIV. Its such an important cause, and one that my wife and I are very happy to have been able to contribute to with this photograph.”
Debbie Holmes, Director of Fundraising at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “Rankin is a long-time supporter of THT, and we’re incredibly grateful to him – and of course his wife – for donating this gorgeous image for our auction next year. Rankin’s work is always highly collectible, and this image is no exception. With such valued help from our supporters, we hope the auction will be our best event to date.”
Now in its sixteenth year, the auction at Christie’s will see a fantastic array of luxury items, bespoke packages and ‘money can’t buy’ experiences snapped up by eager bidders. Last year’s auction raised over £292,000 for THT.