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Additional Images from "Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Virginia Billeaud Anderson is a Houston-based writer of newspaper and magazine feature and review articles, and on-line essays & interviews.

Edward Steichen, Black: Model Margaret Horan in a Black Dress by Jay Thorpe, 1935, gelatin silver print, Condé Nast Archives. © Condé Nast

Edward Steichen, Black: Model Margaret Horan in a Black Dress by Jay Thorpe, 1935, gelatin silver print, Condé Nast Archives. © Condé Nast

Baron Adolf De Meyer, American, born France, 1868–1946, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, c. 1925, Gelatin silver print, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Baron Adolf De Meyer, American, born France, 1868–1946, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, c. 1925, Gelatin silver print, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Tracking Historical Trends in Fashion

In my previous article, I presented images from Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, and reminded readers they have until September 22, 2019 to see the exhibition. My purpose here is simply to present a few more images. These images make obvious the fact that even if fashion photography’s ultimate purpose is commercial marketing, it also serves to document historical trends. Since its beginnings, fashion photography has recorded the history of fashion.

The images in this article date from early century to 2017, and are courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1950

Irving Penn, Harlequin Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), New York, 1950, platinum-palladium print, the Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Irving Penn. © Condé Nast

Irving Penn, Harlequin Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), New York, 1950, platinum-palladium print, the Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Irving Penn. © Condé Nast

1966

Kwame Brathwaite, Untitled (Photo Shoot at a School for One of the Many Modeling Groups Who Had Begun to Embrace Natural Hairstyles in the 1960s), c. 1966, archival pigment print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. © Kwame Brathwaite

Kwame Brathwaite, Untitled (Photo Shoot at a School for One of the Many Modeling Groups Who Had Begun to Embrace Natural Hairstyles in the 1960s), c. 1966, archival pigment print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. © Kwame Brathwaite

2013-2017

Langston Hues, Dian, from the series Modest Street Fashion, 2013-2017, © Langston Hues, All Rights Reserves

Langston Hues, Dian, from the series Modest Street Fashion, 2013-2017, © Langston Hues, All Rights Reserves

2017

Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, W Magazine, Defy, 2017, gelatin silver print, courtesy of Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. © Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, W Magazine, Defy, 2017, gelatin silver print, courtesy of Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. © Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Comments

Virginia Billeaud Anderson (author) from Houston, Texas on September 17, 2019:

Thanks for taking the time. Appreciate your reading me.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 17, 2019:

Hi Virginia,

Thanks for showing those of us who are unlikely to see that exhibit more of the photos from it. I wonder how soon the torn jean look will disappear from fashion?