David Bailey described fashion photography simply as “a portrait of someone wearing a dress”.
Irving Penn however interpreted his work at Vogue as “selling dreams, not clothes”!
Which opinion would you agree with?
Over the last century photographers have continuously pushed boundaries to meet both artistic and commercial demands which generated great creativity and new techniques. These evolving images reflect the changing world around us and the dramatic shift in women’s roles during the 20th century.
Within the frames of the “Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography” exhibition held at the NSW State Library, the glamour and fascinating evolution of fashion photography is captured in 60 iconic images drawn from the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
If you are interested in learning more about the start of a glittering new century, the battle of making art versus showing buttons and
bows instead, if you would like to know when were studio backdrops replaced by city skylines or how has the society’s attitude changed towards femininity, don’t hesitate to make your way to the NSW State Library. “Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography” ends on the 10th of November 2013. Admission to the exhibition is free.
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