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An exhibition of Claiborne Swanson Frank’s portraits of American women opened at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco.

An image from the Swanson Frank show

An image from the Swanson Frank show.

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PHOTO SHOP: While Akris designer Albert Kriemler was busy last week in New York working with photographer Steven Klein on an ad campaign for the Swiss fashion house, across the country in San Francisco another Akris photo event was under way: an exhibition at Neiman Marcus of Claiborne Swanson Frank’s portraits of American women. “Albert and I share similar sensibilities — his love of contrast, his color and structure,” Frank said at a Tuesday evening party in the Neimans’ Union Square store that drew the likes of Vanessa Getty, Katie Traina and Alexis Swanson Traina.

Frank’s artistic goal is to create photos that personally reflect her subjects and which they will adore. Locations selected mostly have been in her stomping grounds, her hometown of San Francisco, as well as Napa, New York and Southampton. Frank also goes through closets to help select what to wear, resulting in a range of fashion in the photos, including Akris outfits. In the exhibit, Swanson Traina is captured barefoot in a Cavalli kaftan on the stoop of an authentic gypsy caravan, part of her late father-in-law John Traina’s extensive collection in Napa. “I love the idea of having a portrait that represents your very best self,” said Swanson Traina, whose picture is entitled “Gypsy’s Dream.”

This was the third and last show for Frank’s photos, after bowing at the Akris store in New York for last fall’s Fashion’s Night Out, followed by an exhibition at its Boston store.

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