Horst P. Horst exhibition in London

Till to January 4, the Victoria and Albert Museum will showcase one of the best fashion photographers of all the time: Horst P. Horst

Horst P. Horst was one of the finest fashion photography of the 20th century. German born Horst was very interested in architecture and begins to study the furniture business, under the leadership of Walter Gropius, at the Hamburg School of Applied Arts and Kunstgewerbeschule. In 1929, Horst sent a letter to his idol, constructivist architect Le Corbusier, expressing his desire to study architecture in Paris studio maestro.

In 1930, Horst P. Horst moved to Paris to study under the architect Le Corbusier. In the same year he met Baron George Hoyningen-Huene, a half-American half-Baltic nobleman, chief photographer of French Vogue and became his photographic assistant but also his occasional model and lover. In november 1931 Horst began his collaboration with Vogue, publishing his first photograph for French Vogue; a full page advertisement showing a model in black velvet holding a Klytia scent bottle.

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.

The exibition “Horst: photographer of style” features 250 photographs, alongside haute couture garments,  magazines, film footage and ephemera. The exhibition explore the artist’s career through his collaborations with big designers such as Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in Paris, with celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich and Noel Coward, and with artists and designers such as Salvador Dali and Jean -Michel Frank.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London will showcase the biggest ever UK retrospective of Horst’s photography, alternating between black and white photography and colorful images and exploring a career that lasted 60 years in which took in fashion, high society, art, reportage and design.

The exhibition will include some of the most famous photographs for Vogue including the Mainbocher Corset (one of the great iconic photos of the Twentieth-Century ) and lesser-known images such as photographs of nude studies, like that of the British diplomat Valentine Lawford, (Horst and Lawford were a couple for more than 50 years) and travel in the Middle East in the forties and fifties.

Horst: Photographer of Style
6 Sep 2014–4 Jan 2015
Victoria and Albert Museum London

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London SW7 2RL United Kingdom
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Daily from 10.00am to 5.45pm
Friday from 10.00am to 10.00pm






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