The V&A, set in prestigious and fashionable Kensington, has a fantastic reputation for delivering a fantastic programme of fashion exhibitions. This September, and through to January 2015, the museum is serving up a treat for any aspiring fashion photographer: a showcase of the work of Horst p. Horst.
Known as a master of light, composition and atmospheric illusion, Horst created a sumptuous world of sophistication and understated glamour. Working predominantly out of Paris and New York, the photographer remained current throughout his sixty year-long career and his work graced the pages of the most prestigious magazine titles; Vogue and House & Garden.
The exhibition showcases a huge collection of prints, drawings, personal notebooks, scrapbooks and letters that have been carefully preserved throughout Horsts’ life, and following his death. CondéNast has also contributed many prints to the exhibition from the hundreds of photo-shoots Horst conducted on the brands behalf.
Renowned for having one of the most beautifully appointed and well-stocked gift shops in the London, the official Horst merchandise from the V&A certainly won’t disappoint. From gorgeous prints, greetings cards and stylish jewellery to the official ‘Horst’ book, published to accompany the exhibition.
As with many of the V&A’s exhibitions, there are special on-off events taking place during the course of the Horst exhibition. On the 12th November, the curator of the exhibition will be providing a free lunchtime lecture, which will explore Horst’s early career in Paris.
On the 12th December, there will be a one day conference exploring the world of fashion photography between 1910-45, looking at creative collaborations between artists, designers, models and directors. This session will be ticketed at £25. During the session, the careers of Edward Steichen and Horst will be examined, alongside their contemporaries.
To tie in with the exhibition and related events, the V&A will be running a competition to win a trip to Paris and other goodies. Running on Instagram, the competition invites entrants to submit photographs based on or recreating the work of Horst using the hashtag, #MyHorstPhoto.