200th post! Transforming an art form to another: Richard Avedon

In examining fashion, it is essential to also consider photography as an important art form which communicates and, in the hands of geniuses like Richard Avedon, transforms fashion into another medium of art.  Works by photographer, Richard Avedon (1923 – 2004), are known to define America’s image of style, beauty and culture.  His works were featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and The New Yorker and in ad campaigns for Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein Jeans and some many more.  Having exhibited widely, his photographs are in the collections of world class museums such as Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and Kunsthaus Zurich.

Avedon’s passion for photography is inspiring and contagious.  He said, “And if a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it’s as though I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. I know that the accident of my being a photographer has made my life possible.”

Below are several of his past works which have left an impression on me.

Of course, no discourse on fashion should exclude a genius like John Galliano.

An exhibition of Avedon’s early fashion photography is on show now at Gagosian Gallery in Paris.  The photographs were selected by Avedon in 1978 for the portfolio Avedon/Paris, on the eve of a retrospective exhibition of his fashion work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They depict celebrated beauties in high fashion, including Marlene Dietrich in Dior, Dorian Leigh in Piguet, and Suzy Parker in Lanvin-Castillo amidst the cafés, nightclubs, and street life of post-war Paris.

Visit the exhibition at 4 Rue De Ponthieu, 75008 Paris.

X Sybil

(Images from Richard Avedon’s website)

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