Horst: Photographer of Style

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Mainbocher Corset (pink satin corset by Detolle) Paris 1939 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

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Dress by Hattie Carnegie, 1939 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

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Marlene Dietrich, New York, 1942 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

‘Fashion is an expression of the times. Elegance is something else again.’ Horst, 1984

Fashion and portrait photographer Horst P Horst (1906 - 1999) had a career spanning 6 decades. His beautiful images regularly graced the pages and covers of French, British and American Vogue ranking him up there with the likes of Richard Avedon and Irving Penn as one of the great photographers of the 20th Century.

He joined Vogue in 1931 under his mentor George Hoyningen-Huene, who he eventually superseded as Paris Vogue’s primary photographer. Over the years he shot fashion models, royalty, movie stars, nature and ancient ruins all with the same elegance, timeless poise and striking composition.

The V&A are currently showing a retrospective of Horst’s wonderful work, Horst: Photographer of Style until 4 January 2015 and I for one cannot wait to see it!

Tue 09 Sep 2014

Posted under: Photography , Exhibition

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