— Horst P. Horst

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


An exhibition of photography by Horst P Horst will be on show at the Victoria & Albert Museum from 6th September.

“Horst P. Horst (1906-99) created images that transcend fashion and time. He was a master of light, composition and atmospheric illusion, who conjured a world of sensual sophistication. In an extraordinary sixty-year career, his photographs graced the pages of Vogue and House and Garden under the one-word photographic byline ‘Horst’. He ranks alongside Irving Penn and Richard Avedon as one of the pre-eminent fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century.


An international figure, Horst worked predominantly in Paris and New York. Born in Germany, he became an American citizen in 1943, changing his surname from Bohrmann to Horst. His extraordinary range of work outside the photographic studio conveys a relentless visual curiosity and life-long desire for new challenges. The huge collection of prints, drawings, notebooks, scrapbooks and letters that Horst carefully preserved throughout his life, alongside thousands of prints in the archives of Condé Nast, bear witness to his virtuoso talent.”


Portrait of model Muriel Maxwell putting on lipstick


Mainbocher Corset (pink satin corset by Detolle), Paris, 1939


Hat and coat-dress by Bergdorf Goodman, modelled by Estrella Boissevain, 1938


Salvador Dalí’s costumes for Leonid Massine’s ballet Bacchanale, 1939


View of ruins at the palace of Persepolis, Persia, 1949


Marlene Dietrich, New York, 1942


Patterns from Nature Photographic Collage, about 1945


Horst directing fashion shoot with Lisa Fonssagrives, 1949


Dinner suit and headdress by Schiaparelli, 1947


Baroness Pauline de Rothschild at her apartment in Paris, 1969


Male Nude, 1952


Round the Clock, New York, 1987


Via: V&A Museum

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