Horst: Photographer of Style, V&A Museum, London SW7, until 4th January 2015
This is a fittingly exhaustive exhibition celebrating the life and achievements of the celebrated German-born photographer Horst P. Horst (1906-1999). For most of his sixty year career Horst worked in Paris and New York and what a body of work he produced – fashion, society, travel photographs, nude studies, patterns from nature and surreal-inspired studies.
His inspirations and way of working are also shown such as in the famous Mainbocher Corset photograph. There are over 90 Vogue covers on show as well interactive screens and a three-sided projection which show some of the most beautiful homes of the rich and famous which he did for his friend, the legendary, Diana Vreeland when she was editor of House and Garden and Vogue.
The exhibition covers his life from the early 1930s onwards and among those we meet along the way are Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Salvador Dalí and Jean-Michel Frank. Also you will encounter stars like Rita Hayworth, Bette Davis, Vivien Leigh, Noël Coward, Ginger Rogers, Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford. Through his work we meet his models from over the decades, including Lisa Fonssagrives, Helen Bennett, Lyla Zelensky, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Muriel Maxwell and Dorian Leigh. Nor should I forget to mention the countries he visited and photographed in the 40s and 50s – Israel, Iran, Syria, Italy and Morocco.
It is a very “social” exhibition and truly worthy of this talented photographer and is a must for both those who know and those who do not know his work. Prepare to be caught up in his very special world of photography.
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