This autumn, the V&A will present the definitive retrospective exhibition of the work of master photographer Horst P. Horst (1906-1999) – one of the leading photographers of the 20th century.
In his illustrious 60-year career, German-born Horst worked predominantly in Paris and New York and creatively traversed the worlds of photography, art, fashion, design, theatre and high society. Horst: Photographer of Style will display 250 photographs, alongside haute couture garments, magazines, film footage and ephemera. The exhibition explores Horst’s collaborations and friendships with leading couturiers such as Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in Paris; stars including Marlene Dietrich and Noël Coward; and artists and designers such as Salvador Dalí and Jean-Michel Frank.
Some 250 photographs will be displayed, alongside film footage, magazines and haute couture garments. More than 90 vogue covers by Horst will be exhibited, as will some previously unpublished vintage prints.
Stunning travel photographs from Israel, Iran, Syria, Italy and Morocco will be among the lesser-known elements of Horst's work revealed by the exhibition. His 1950s nude studies and explorations of natural forms will also feature and the creative process behind some of his most famous photographs, such as the Mainbocher Corset, will be revealed through the inclusion of original contact sheets, sketches and cameras.
Horst: Photographer of Style
6 September 2014 – 4 January 2015
Victoria and Albert Museum, London