Louise Dahl-Wolfe: A style of her own


A major retrospective looks at the life and work of the woman credited with pioneering the field of fashion photography

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Friday, October 13, 2017 – 11:47am

In what will be the first ever UK retrospective of the pioneering fashion photographer, a new exhibition at The Fashion and Textile Museum in London will showcase more than 100 photographs spanning three decades of Louise Dahl-Wolfe’s work.

Said to have influenced many of the great photographers that followed her, including Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, Dahl-Wolfe’s legacy positions her as one of the most influential female photographers to date. Working at a time when the concept of ‘fashion photography’ barely existed, her 22-year stint as the leading contributor at Harper’s Bazaar etched out a new relaxed and more intimate style to contrast the rigidity of society portraits of the time. Once remarking that before her ‘there weren’t really fashion photographers, just artists like [Edward] Steichen, who just happened to do fashion photography’, the trailblazer’s images marked a disjuncture from the sometimes overly formal European elegance that was the norm. Having incorporated far-flung locations and the innovative use of colour and daylight into her work, the landmark show at the Fashion and Textile Museum reflects upon her influence in the rise of fashion photography as a medium.

Credited with inspiring the first generation of ‘supermodels’, having worked with names such as Jean Patchett and Mary Jane Russell, it was also Dahl-Wolfe that shot a teenage Lauren Bacall for the March 1943 cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Dahl-Wolfe’s exceptional eye for colour, combined with her …read more

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