Legendary fashion photographer celebrated at the V&A

Released on: May 15, 2014, 6:31 am (EDT)
Industry: Travel, Apparel & Fashion

Work of Horst P Horst receives lavish retrospective this autumn in London.

LONDON, -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- This autumn, the V&A will present the definitive retrospective exhibition of the work of master photographer Horst P Horst (1906-1999), one of the leading photographers of the 20th century. Horst: Photographer of Style  will run from 6th September 2014 to 4th January 2015 and display 250 photographs, alongside haute couture garments, magazines, film footage and ephemera. It promises to be one of the key London events of 2014. For more information on bookings and ticket availability see, the London listings website that also has the best information on galleries, museums and London restaurants.

In his 60-year career, German-born Horst worked predominantly in Paris and New York in the worlds of photography, art, fashion, design, theatre and high society. The exhibition explores Horst's collaborations and friendships with leading couturiers such as Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in Paris; stars including Marlene Dietrich and Noël Coward; and artists and designers such as Salvador Dalí and Jean-Michel Frank. Highlights of the exhibition include photographs recently donated to the V&A by Gert Elfering, art collector and owner of the Horst Estate, previously unpublished vintage prints, and more than 90  Vogue  covers by Horst.

The exhibition will also reveal lesser-known aspects of Horst's work: nude studies, travel photographs from the Middle East and patterns created from natural forms. The creative process behind some of his most famous photographs, such as the  Mainbocher Corset, will be revealed through the inclusion of original contact sheets, sketches and cameras. The many sources that influenced Horst - from ancient Classical art to Bauhaus ideals of modern design and Surrealism in 1930s Paris - will be explored.

Horst was admired for his dramatic lighting and became one of the first photographers to perfect the new colour techniques of the 1930s. A short film of him at work in the Vogue studios during the 1940s will be shown with an introduction to his peers including Lee Miller, Cecil Beaton and Irving Penn. The advent of colour enabled a fresh approach and Horst went on to create more than 90  Vogue  covers and countless pages in vivid colour. A selection of 25 large colour photographs, newly printed from the original transparencies from the Condé Nast Archive, will demonstrate Horst's exceptional skill as a colourist. These prints feature Horst's favourite models from the 1940s and 50s, such as Carmen Dell'Orefice, Muriel Maxwell and Dorian Leigh, and will be shown together with preparatory sketches, which have never previously been exhibited. For more on this and other events at the V&A, see  


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