— 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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