Life through a lens

Life through a lens

Explore the legacy left to the fashion world by renowned fashion photographer Horst. P. Horst at a new exhibition dedicated to his life’s work

‘Fashion is an expression of the times. Elegance is something else again,’ said Horst, a mantra he subscribed to throughout his illustrious, sixty-year career as one of the first world-famous fashion photographers.

Renowned for his sensual compositions and mastery of light, Horst captured images that transcend fashion and time. His work that graced the pages of Vogue and House & Garden magazines can now be viewed at a new exhibition at the V&A museum in London. The exhibition showcases over 250 photographs and countless Vogue covers.

Horst wasn’t simply a fashion darling, celebrities and presidents alike posed for his portraits, notably screen sirens Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth and Greta Garbo. He collaborated with artist Salvador Dali and counted Coco Chanel as a friend.

Now, Horst is widely credited with influencing a generation of photographers and artists, from Mario Testino to Madonna, proof alone that his legacy lives on.

Horst: Photographer of Style, until 4 January 2015 at the V&A, vam.ac.uk

  • Words: Bethan King

  • Photography: Horst / V&A Archive