Extraordinary Fashion Photography from between the 1930s and 1960s by Horst P. Horst

Horst P Horst directing lights and cameras before a fashion shoot with Lisa Fonssagrives, 1949. Photograph: Roy Stevens/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

In the history of twentieth-century fashion and portrait photography, Horst's contribution figures as one of the most artistically significant and long lasting, spanning as it did the sixty years between 1931 and 1991. During this period, his name became legendary as a one-word photographic byline, and his photographs came to be seen as synonymous with the creation of images of elegance, style and rarefied glamour.


Model Muriel Maxwell putting on lipstick. American Vogue cover, 1 July 1939.

Dinner suit and headdress by Schiaparelli, 1947.

Marlene Dietrich, New York, 1942.

Dress by Hattie Carnegie, 1939.

Corset by Detolle for Mainbocher, 1939.

Reclining model in white swimsuit and bathing cap, balancing large red ball on feet. American Vogue summer fashions cover, 15 May 1941.

Salvador Dali's costumes for Leonid Massine's ballet Bacchanale, 1939.

‘After’ Dress by Hattie Carnegie, modelled by Carmen Dell’Orefice, 1947.

Editha Dussler, for Vogue, 1967.

Veruschka Von Lehndorff, 1965

Lisa Fonssagrives' Hands, New York, 1941.

Veruschka, Hawaii, 1965.

Coco Chanel (Reclining), 1937.

Evelyn Tripp, dress by Charles James, 1951.

Alix Dress / LUD, 1938.

Tall Fashion, 1963.

Hats by Best, Lord & Taylor, and Mme Pauline; Gloves by Dawnelle, 1943.

Suzy Parker, 1952.

Barbara 'Babe' Cushing Mortimer Paley, dress by Traina Norell, 1946.

Loretta Young, New York, 1941.

(Photos © Horst P. Horst)

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