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What’s New…Horst: Photographer of Style

Dinner suit and headdress by Schiaparelli, 1947. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Take this weekend to explore the magnificent Victoria and Albert Museum, where the works of renowned fashion photographer Horst are currently being exhibited. As one of the most coveted photographers of the 20th century Horst joined French Vogue in 1931 when Paris was still the undisputed centre of high fashion. His collaborative approach to photography saw him working closely with everyone on set, from the model, to the Art Director and the Fashion Editor, and also the studio assistants and set technicians. By the mid 1930s he had become French Vogue’s primary photographer, appearing frequently in British and American Vogue.

Dress by Hattie Carnegie, 1939. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Having collaborated with artists such as Salvador Dali – one of Lulu’s all time favourite artists – Horst became a part of the surrealist art movement, exploring unique ways of interpreting the world, looking to dreams and the unconscious for inspiration. To this day his work remains an inspiration to the fashion world and continues to be adored the world over. The ‘Horst: Photographer of Style’ exhibition is definitely worth a visit if you’re in London this weekend! LGHQ x

Summer Fashions, American Vogue cover, 15 May, 1941. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Horst: Photographer of Style runs from 6 September 2014 – 4 January 2015 at the V&A. Travel partner American Airlines; with thanks to Bicester Village, London, and Kildare Village, Dublin; supported by the American Friends of the V&A

www.vam.ac.uk/horst

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