Edward Steichen: In High Fashion

Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years (1923 - 1937) is an exhibition of 175 portraits created for Vogue and Vaity Fair, currently running at the International Center of Photography, NY until 3 May, 2009.

"Steichen's approach to fashion photography was formative and over the course of his career he changed public perceptions of the American woman. An architect of American Modernism and a Pictorialist, Steichen exhibited his fashion images alongside his art photographs. Steichen's crisp, detailed, high-key style revolutionized fashion photography, and his influence is felt in the field to this day—Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Bruce Weber are among his stylistic successors."

This exhibition is the first to focus on Steichen's fashion photography. Many of the iconic images have been taken from the Steichen Archive at Condé Nast, which has an archive of over 2000 original prints, but very few have ever been displayed together.

For those (like me) who are unable to take a trip to NY and see it in person, there is a gorgeous book to accompany the exhibition which can be purchased here.

Images copyright Edward Steichen from ICP.

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