HOTEL VANCOUVER proudly presents 80 YEARS OF ICONIC MOMENTS by The Collective You
In the heart of Vancouver Centre, the historic Vancouver Fairmont Hotel reigns with a sophistication of a past age. Known as the “Castle in the City,” she is a grand lady, with many stories held safe within her elegant interiors. Originally built by the Canadian National Railway, Vancouver Hotel belongs to the an exclusive club that includes, amongst others, the Banff Springs Hotel and Château Frontenac.
Considered one of the British Empire’s grandest hotels, Vancouver Hotel was built in the ornate grand Italianate revival style. Famous guests included Winston Churchill, Sarah Bernhardt and Babe Ruth.
In 2019, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver celebrated its 80th anniversary with a contemporary photo exhibition by photographer, Dennis Gocer.
This is your invitation to travel back in time to 2019 to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Iconic Moments. The following text is taken from the plaque describing the exhibition. I have also included the plaques that capture the stories held in the portraits.
“Officially opened in 1939 by HRH King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has watched the city grow up around it. In homage to its storied past, the hotel collaborated with international portrait photographer Dennis Gocer of The Collective You to create a photo exhibition that re-imagines eight decades of iconic moments, offering a contemporary lens on traditional storytelling. Captured throughout the property, the scenes convey a timeless fashion story complemented by diamond jewellery provided exclusively from De Beers Jewellers, including the Mosaic Necklace which boasts 1,314 diamonds and a total carat weight of 145.65 cts”
“Iconic moments that inspired the new photographs include a celebrity photo opp, a no-nonsense housekeeper with a love for classics, a craftsman that wanted to leave a reminder of the past, and a spirited socialite who has kept residence at the hotel since 1944 without paying a cent for her stay.”
“Dennis Gocer is an international portrait photographer, born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Founder and Creative Director of The Collective You, Dennis has created portraits for brands such as Burberry, De Beers, Tesla and Omega. His work has been published internationally in Vogue, Wallpaper*, and Vanity Fair in partnership with DE BEERS special thanks to abc photo.”