Muriel Maxwell on the cover of American Vogue July 1, 1939
Picture credit: Condé Nast Horst Estate
On the wall at the opening of this exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum is one word in bare, three-dimensional lettering: H O R S T
This incredible exhibition was a must see for artists, fashionistas, bloggers, makeup artists and photographers. The exhibition looks back at 60 years of art which instantly captivates you through Horsts meticulous obsession with the perfect blend of light and shadow, that were used to startling effect in his work. In 1943 his editor at Vogue cited his subtle manipulation of lighting as one his key strengths.
He was a master of atmospheric illusion, composition and light who created an image of sensual sophistication. Horsts images overcome fashion and time. His photographs graced the pages of House and Garden and Vogue under the photographic title ‘Horst’.
The huge collection of prints, drawings, notebooks, scrapbooks and letters that Horst carefully preserved throughout his life, alongside thousands of prints in the archives of Condé Nast, bear witness to his distinguished talent.
Curator Susanna Brown captures the man and his work with clarity and style.
‘Fashion is an expression of the times. Elegance is something else again.’