Horst P. Horst: Fashion Icons
High fashion and photography today seem synonymous, as if one bore out of the other to become the perfect complement. In some regard, it was this way. Photography promoted fashion’s rise to an art form while photographs of fashion have matured into their own accomplished genre. This renowned relationship between fashion and photography would not have been realized without visionary pioneers like now legendary fashion photographer Horst P. Horst. Jackson Fine Art is proud to exhibit Fashion Icons, a selection of his most glamorous photographs. Horst began his career in 1931, and he spent the next sixty years creating some of the most celebrated and recognizable fashion images of the 20th century. He worked for the quintessential fashion magazine Vogue for whom he shot more than eighty covers over fifty years. Horst is credited as being one of the first photographers to acknowledge and elevate the role of the fashion model. He helped establish the prolific careers of models such as Lisa Fonssagrives, who later became the muse and wife of fellow fashion photographer Irving Penn. Horst also photographed some of the most alluring stars and socialites of their time, including Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel and Jacqueline Kennedy, each who have evolved into icons themselves. Horst’s photographs flawlessly capture the style and elegance of an era essential to fashion today. A style and elegance we continually attempt to emulate but can never quite reclaim.