The exhibition of Horst: Photographer of Style

Horst P. Horst (1906-99) created images that transcend fashion and time. He was a master of light, composition and atmospheric illusion, who conjured a world of sensual sophistication. In an extraordinary sixty-year career, his photographs graced the pages of Vogue and House and Garden under the one-word photographic byline ‘Horst’. He ranks alongside Irving Penn and Richard Avedon as one of the pre-eminent fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century.

Patterns from Nature

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Patterns from Nature Photographic Collage, about 1945.

Horst’s second book, Patterns from Nature (1946), and the photographs from which it originated, are a surprising diversion from the high glamour of his fashion and celebrity photographs. These close-up, black and white images of plants, shells and minerals were taken in New York’s Botanical Gardens, in the forests of New England, in Mexico, and along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Fashion in Colour

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Dinner suit and headdress by Schiaparelli, 1947.

Horst’s colour photographs are rarely exhibited because few vintage prints exist. Colour capture took place on a transparency which could be reproduced on the magazine page without the need to create a photographic print. The size of the new prints displayed in this room of the exhibition echoes the large scale of a group of Horst images printed in 1938 at the Condé Nast press.

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The exhibition of wedding dresses from 1775 to 2014

This exhibition delineates the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and covered some famous fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang offering their great works over the last two centuries. . The V&A’s collections are the most romantic, glamorous and extravagant wedding dresses and also including some important new acquisitions as well as loans such us the purple dress worn by Dita Von Teese for her marriage to Marilyn Manson and the outfits worn by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale on their wedding day. The exhibition highlights the histories of the dresses and revealing fascinating details about the lives of the wearers.

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Due to my research topic, the focus is wedding dresses of 1970s. With flowy embroidered wedding dresses and floral halos trending right now, the 1970s are back in a big way. Seventies-inspired wedding dresses are romantic, feminine, and organic. There are some original 1970s wedding pictures and also some modern takes on this stylish trend.

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Geometric Vintage Emilio Pucci (1970s)

PUCCI VELVET BEACH COVER, 1970s

Velvet toweling w/ geometric print in green, purple, aqua, & black, different pattern front & back, V neck, straight lines w/ open sides, label “Emilio Pucci Florence Italy”, B 34″, L 55″.

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PUCCI VELVET PRINT DRESS, 1970s

Bright print in orange, lime, turquoise, & purple, floor length w/ CF zipper, elbow length sleeves, label “Emilio Pucci Florence Italy”, B 34″, L 55″.

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1970s Dress by Emilio Pucci

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1970s vintage Pucci rocking chair

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1971-73 Emilio Pucci for Braniff Airlines stewardess dress/uniform

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Yarn bombing

Magda Sayeg is a textile artist who lives and works in Austin, Texas. Her work began as a way to take her knitting out onto the streets, graffiti style, starting a textile graffiti revolution that swept the world.

Credited with being the mother of the yarn bombing movement, she began working on larger and larger projects and collaborations, pushing the boundaries of the art form. Highlights of her early work include the knitting/crochet covered bus in Mexico City, as well as a solo exhibit in Rome at La Museo des Esposizione .

She remains active in the knitted graffiti art space, leading community-based projects as well as working on commissions around the world with companies such as Absolut Vodka, Madewell and Mini Cooper. Magda’s installations have been featured prominently at American icons of contemporary culture, such as the Standard Hotel, South by Southwest and Austin City Limits.

She continues to expand her boundaries with a directorship with integrated media company 1stAveMachine – a new vehicle for development of video, digital and experimental content for TV, print, web and mobile.

Recent projects include an installation covering the AC ductwork of Etsy.com’s headquarters in Brooklyn and a community-based project in Dubai.

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SPRING 2015 TRENDS FROM MILAN FASHION WEEK

From retro inspired designs to fresh takes on classic pieces, designers brought their A-game to Milan Fashion Week. Some trends mirrored the Spring 2015 ideas first seen on the runways in New York and London, but the Italian flair in Milan was unmistakeable.

1970s Retro

The hippie spirit of the 1970s ruled the Milan runways, with a wide range of elements, from floppy hats to retro floral prints and suede.

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