A Look at the Getty Museum’s New Fashion Photography Exhibit

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A Look at the Getty Museum’s New Fashion Photography Exhibit
Untitled, for Charles Jourdan, Spring 1977, 1977 by Guy Bourdin

Copyright the Guy Bourdin Estate 2018 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

A Look at the Getty Museum’s New Fashion Photography Exhibit
Bruce Hulse and Talisa Soto for British Vogue, Bellport, NY 1982, 1982 by Bruce Weber

© Bruce Weber / Courtesy of Bruce Weber and Nan Bush

A Look at the Getty Museum’s New Fashion Photography Exhibit
Style Profile, Ni’ma Ford, December 22, 2011, 2011 by Scott Schuman

© The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman / Courtesy of Danziger Gallery

A Look at the Getty Museum’s New Fashion Photography Exhibit
Kate Moss, negative 1994; print 2017 Glen Luchford

© Glen Luchford / Courtesy of The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Glen and Tanya Luchford

A Look at the Getty Museum’s New Fashion Photography Exhibit
Dapper, 1980 by Jamel Shabazz

Courtesy of Jamel Shabazz

A Look at the Getty Museum’s New Fashion Photography Exhibit
Bettina and Frances McLaughlin-Gill, New York, 1950 by Gordon Parks

Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation

A Look at the Getty Museum’s New Fashion Photography Exhibit
The Latin Connection, 1982 by Jamel Shabazz

Courtesy of Jamel Shabazz

A Look at the Getty Museum’s New Fashion Photography Exhibit
Diana Newman, 1966 by Neal Barr

© Neal Barr / Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council

A Look at the Getty Museum’s New Fashion Photography Exhibit
Alana Zimmer for Italian Vogue, 2007 Richard Burbridge

A Look at the Getty Museum’s New Fashion Photography Exhibit
Cheryl Tiegs in a Gown by Halston, Brasilia, 1973 by Kourken Pakchanian

© Condé Nast / Courtesy of Kourken Pakchanian, Vogue, © Condé Nast

Fashion photography has undergone a momentous shift over the past century, evolving from a purely commercial device into a multifaceted medium that has produced some of the world’s most esteemed creative visionaries. Fortunately, Los Angeles’s J. Paul Getty Museum has taken on the challenge of paying homage to this phenomenon with its exhibit “Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011”. The first of its kind, “Icons of Style” is set to feature more than 160 fashion photographs, as well as costumes, videos, magazine covers, advertisements, and illustrations representative of fashion’s zeitgeists throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Beginning with the work of Edward Steichen, the pioneer artistic fashion photographer, the exhibit will showcase the work of over 80 revolutionaries, including Peter Lindbergh, Helmut Newton, and Nick Knight, to explore the reflection of art, politics, and culture in fashion photography.

“Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011” is on view from June 26 to October 21, 2018, at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Scroll through the gallery to see some of the exhibit’s most iconic photos. 

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