Bibliotheca – Sisters by Jim Britt, 1976

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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. 

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.

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