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Mar 01 - May 25

Palais Galliera, 10 avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, Paris, , 75116 , France
  • Sølve Sundsbø, Love magazine, SS 2011 © Sølve Sundsbø/Art + Commerce

  • Miles Aldridge, Italian Vogue, September 2002 © Miles Aldridge.

  • John Rawlings, American Vogue, March 1943 © Condé Nast.


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“Coming Into Fashion: a Century of Photography at Condé Nast” exhibition at Palais Galliera

Palais Galliera is hosting from March 1 to May 15, 2014, “Coming into Fashion: a Century of Photography at Condé Nast”), a traveling exhibition of 150 photographs drawn from the archives of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour and W that celebrates the history of fashion photography as seen through the eyes of Condé Nast. The exhibition offers an extensive view on the legendary publisher’s legacy, a pioneer that transformed photography and made his magazines a laboratory of creativity and experimentation. The first photographer to join the Condé Nast group was Baron Adolf de Meyer in 1914, widely considered the first fashion photographer, to be followed by such luminaries as Edward Steichen, George Hoyningen-Huene, Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton, Man Ray, Erwin Blumenfeld and Irving Penn. Combining elegance and experimentation, the commercial and the ground breaking, and, at the same time, being the perfect reflection of the zeitgeist, Condé Nast’s magazines have had a decisive influence on fashion and art. “Coming into fashion” is an excellent opportunity for the wider public to discover the history of this iconic publishing house through the works of more than ninety fashion photographers, many of whom became world known thanks to the keen eye of Condé Nast’s editors and directors.

The exhibition is organized by theme and highlights, according to the organizers, the ties between the elegant interiors of Baron de Meyer and Henry Clarke, the narrative staging of Cecil Beaton and Deborah Turbeville, the snaps of Norman Parkinson and William Klein, the visual experiments of Erwin Blumenfeld and Paolo Roversi, the surrealist games of Man Ray, John Rawlings and Guy Bourdin, the glorified bodies of Horst P. Horst , Herb Ritts and Albert Watson, and the portraits of models by Irving Penn, Peter Lindbergh and Corinne Day. It is also accompanied by fifteen haute couture items from the collections of the Palais Galliera, including a dress from Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian collection, as well as by two reading rooms where visitors can “leaf through” some outstanding features from the publications of the Condé Nast group. After Berlin, Milan, Edinburg and Paris, “Coming into Fashion: a Century of Photography at Condé Nast” will travel to Zurich, West Palm Beach, Fort Worth and Tokyo, continuing its journey of “elegance and seduction, excellence and artistic sense.”