Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography

Helmut Newton, Sie Kommen–Dressed, 1981, gelatin silver print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Helmut Newton, Sie Kommen–Dressed, 1981, gelatin silver print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Interior design may be my profession, but fashion is my hobby. I’m equally passionate about both and thank goodness they are so complementary. When I’m initially coming up with a scheme for a home or room, I probably draw equally from both worlds. The color palette from a Brunello Cucinelli collection can be my initial inspiration, just as easily as rug I’ve fallen in love with.

Richard Avedon,  Dovima with Elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, August 1955.© The Richard Avedon Foundation

Richard Avedon, Dovima with Elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, August 1955.© The Richard Avedon Foundation

Which is one of the reasons why I am so excited about the Museum of Fine Art Houston’s upcoming show, Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, opening on June 23rd. From iconic photos we all know and love to lesser known photographers and designers, the preview of this show online seems to cover all the bases. I can’t wait to see all 200 gathered works in person.

Irving Penn,  Harlequin Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn),  New York, 1950. © Condé Nast

Irving Penn, Harlequin Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), New York, 1950. © Condé Nast

While the first two photos are recognizable to just about everyone, I was more excited about the new-to-me selections. How wild is this cover of Ebony magazine? It really shows how risk adverse our mainstream fashion magazines have become. This could be an inside editorial photo, but never a cover.

“Ebony” Magazine Cover, “Fashions in Orbit”,  October, 1965

“Ebony” Magazine Cover, “Fashions in Orbit”, October, 1965

And sometimes the fashion/interior design cross over almost hits you over the head! Who couldn’t be inspired to mix floral prints after viewing this iconic photo? 

Erik Madigan Heck,  James Harden, GQ , 2018, inkjet print, courtesy of Staley-Wise Gallery. © Erik Madigan Heck / Trunk Archive

Erik Madigan Heck, James Harden, GQ, 2018, inkjet print, courtesy of Staley-Wise Gallery. © Erik Madigan Heck / Trunk Archive

Run, don’t walk, to see this show, on exhibit through September 22.  There is no better way to spend a sticky Texas summer day then to be inside a cool museum, viewing even cooler art!

Warmly, 

Beth