Horst P. Horst - Helen Bennett, (Cape Dress)
Horst P. Horst
Helen Bennett, (Cape Dress)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936, Printed Later
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled, and dated on print verso

Horst P. Horst - Park Avenue Fashion
Horst P. Horst
Park Avenue Fashion
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1962, Printed Later
14 x 11 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Artist blind stamp on recto

Horst P. Horst - Study In Ivory
Horst P. Horst
Study In Ivory
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1982, Printed Later
14 X 11 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Artist blind stamp on recto

Horst P. Horst - Alix (Black Satin Dress
Horst P. Horst
Alix (Black Satin Dress)
Platinum/Palladium Photograph
1938, Printed Later
24 x 20 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Artist blind stamp on recto

Horst P. Horst - Evelyn Tripp with Flower
Horst P. Horst
Evelyn Tripp with Flower
Platinum/Palladium Photograph
1951, Printed Later
14 x 11 inches

Signed, titled and dated on print verso. Artist blind stamp on recto

Horst P. Horst - Dior Dress, Petticoat
Horst P. Horst
Dior Dress, Petticoat
Platinum/Palladium Photograph
1948, Printed Later
14 x 11 inches

Signed, titled and dated on print verso. Artist blind stamp on recto

Ormond Gigli - Model in Red Dress, Rome
Ormond Gigli
Model in Red Dress, Rome
Color Coupler Photograph
1966, Printed Later
25 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, dated and AP # 1/3 on recto
Ormond Gigli - Halston
Ormond Gigli
Halston
Color Coupler Photograph
1960, Printed 2006
16 x 16 Inches
Signed, titled, dated and # AP 3/3 on recto
Ormond Gigli - Girls in the Windows
Ormond Gigli
Girls in the Windows
Archival Pigment Photograph
1960, printed 2015
31 x 31 inches
Signed and dated in pencil mount recto. Signed, titled, dated, and # 27/75 on verso.
Patrick de Warren - The Awakening
Patrick de Warren
The Awakening
Digital Chromogenic Photograph
c. 2002
27 x 40 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso

Patrick de Warren - Dreamy Field
Patrick de Warren
Dreamy Field
Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2000
40 x 30 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso

Patrick de Warren - Alexandra
Patrick de Warren
Alexandra
Digital Chromogenic Photograph
2004
40 x 30 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 1/7 on verso

Patrick de Warren - Clara
Patrick de Warren
Clara
Digital Chromogenic Photograph
1999
32 x 48 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 2/7 on verso

Fashion is Big

In its infancy photography’s strength lie in its pure objectivity. In the two dimensions of the print paper one could record a direct impression of an object, person, or landscape. A picture was thought of as a literal truth. Flash forward to the mid 1920’s when America and Europe’s wealthy society evolved into an age of elegance. Steichen and Hoyningen-Huene were recruited to invent an elegant, non-truth, style of photography that would visually capture a world of privilege, leisure and wealth. From this time to the present, the skill, invention and imagination that great photographers have brought to the world of fashion have created a unique synthesis of art and commerce. “Fashion Is Big” is an exhibition that surveys the radically different approaches that photographers have followed in mystifying, or glorifying, fashion and style. From the rough, grainy, wide-angle photographs of William Klein, to the elegant, cool, three-quarters profile of Horst, photographers have run the gamut in their quest for fresh, creative images. Whether one considers the large format, seductive images of Albert Watson, or the the romantic, painterly Polaroid based photographs of Cathleen Naundorf, photographers of fashion have consistently expanded the possibilities of the tools and techniques of photography. As photography has been mainstreamed into the larger art market the size of photographs has grown. From out of the glossies, where photographers’ work was small and contained, to the walls of museums, contemporary institutions and collectors, where pictures can be as large as life, photography has both literally and aesthetically become a dominant art form. Because of photographers such as those in this exhibition, our collective dreams, fantasies and desires have become visualized and immortalized.