Top photo: Installation image of Horst – Photographer of Style c. Victoria and Albert Museum
Montage: Clockwise from top left: Horst directing fashion shoot with Lisa Fonssagrives 1949 Photo by Roy Stevens c. Time Life pictures, Getty Images; Dinner suit and headdress by Shiaparelli 1947 c. Conde Nast Horst Estate; Muriel Maxwell America Vogue cover 1939 c. Conde Nast Horst Estate; Marlene Dietrich New York 1942 c. Conde Nast Horst Estate; Dress by Hattie Carnegie 1939 c. Conde Nast Horst Estate.
Photography A level students visited the V&A and The Photographers’ Gallery in London last week to see the work of three iconic fashion photographers. Two of the artists, Edward Steichen and Horst P. Horst, were pioneers of fashion photography. The third, Viviane Sassen, is renowned in the contemporary fashion world for her trail-blazing images. Mary Weinberger, Photography teacher, reports:
“The three photographers had in common a surrealistic style and a bold use of colour. It was intriguing to see that as early as the 1930s photographs were being re-touched before publication.
“As a part of their studies into Fashion Photography the students were asked to take notes with their cameras for future shoots; recording ideas for locations, lighting, costumes etc. The walk from one gallery to the other through Hyde Park provided a seasonal treat as we came upon the glittering ‘Winter Wonderland’, which offered a perfect location for aspiring fashion photographers.
“As we boarded the coach to head home it was a coincidence to see a fashion shoot taking place in the middle of the street with the photographer shooting the model against the backdrop of the Christmas lights.
Students have been invited to try out some of their ideas from the day in workshops being held in our new Photographic Studio. This is an ideal opportunity for them to develop their ideas inspired by the exciting work they saw on the trip.