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Poppy King views photograph of Muriel Maxwell © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The role of beauty in Horst’s photographs

Fascinated with the power of lipstick, Poppy King (Founder of Lipstick Queen) visits the exhibition and discusses the subject of beauty captured in many of Horst’s photographs. The unfolding narrative of female beauty is one written by forces within and forces without. A good photographer can capture one or other, only great photographers capture both. […]

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Whiteladies House. W.3-1937 (c) V&A Museum, London

Illuminating dolls’ houses

Lighting is vital for creating a particular atmosphere at home. Do you want it to be rich or minimal, soft and warm or stark and clinical? Developing our approach to lighting our dolls’ houses, we had to balance safety and protection for these treasured historic museum objects, with finding the right interpretive light effects to bring each […]

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Carmen Dell’Orefice’s speech at the opening of Horst: Photographer of Style

Reputable image and style makers from across London displayed their admiration for master photographer Horst P.Horst last night by attending the definitive retrospective exhibition of his work – Horst: Photographer of Style. Carmen Dell’Orefice, the iconic model who worked with Horst from 1946, opened the exhibition with Condé Nast’s International President and V&A Trustee, Nicholas […]

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Dresses by Molyneux and Maggy Rouff in the Textiles Conservation Studio

A tight installation schedule!

Given we have nine days to hang a two gallery show, object installation is planned down to the hour. A team of six skilled V&A technicians will hang over 300 framed works by Horst and his contemporaries, including a series of 25 large scale colour prints, reproduced from original transparencies. As a photography novice I […]

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'After' Dress by Hattie Carnegie, modelled by Carmen Dell'Orefice

Guest Contributor: Shawn Waldron, Archive Director at Condé Nast

In the decade following WWII, Horst shot hundreds of color fashion photographs for Vogue. Exhibition Curator Susanna Brown rightfully felt the V&A retrospective would not be complete without examples of the work on display. The magazine engravers worked directly from the original 10×8 chromes with no print required. With no vintage print to show, the […]

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T.399&a-1974 Elsa Schiaparelli, Dress and Jacket with gilt embroidery mounted for ‘Horst Photographer of Style’ on a full figure Proportion Ltd mannequin.

Style Never Goes Out of Fashion

The photographs in the exhibition will be supplemented by a selection of 9 ensembles showcasing the work of designers that collaborated with Horst. These include some of the most prominent and influential fashion designers of the 1930s, such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Coco Chanel and Madeleine Vionnet. For the 9 exquisite ensembles, some of which have […]

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‘A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words’ Part III

To make sure that things run as smoothly as possible in the Photographic Studio, we need to clearly specify what shots need to be taken of each object. This means that the photographers are comfortable with what they need to capture and can just ‘get on’ with what they do best. It also means that […]

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Putting together an Exhibition like Horst: Photographer of Style

It is an exciting time within the Exhibitions Department with the installation of our new temporary exhibition Horst: Photographer of Style commencing in early August. The exhibition will open on September 6th and fill two of the temporary exhibition spaces. The fantastic V&A Design Team have been working around the clock to confirm wall colours, […]

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‘A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words’ Part II

There are currently well over a quarter of a million images of V&A objects available online through Search the Collections, but the V&A Photographic Studio is always in demand to photograph more. The Photographers are kept very busy with a steady stream (at times perhaps more a ‘torrent’) of objects coming through their doors to […]

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Brownie Vecta, camera, designed by Kenneth Grange and manufactured  by Kodak, England, ca. 1964 V&A CIRC.124-1965 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

‘A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words’ Part I

Part of my job on the Europe Galleries project is to co-ordinate photography of the objects going in to the galleries. I need to ensure that, when the galleries open, there will be up-to-date, high quality photographs available for every single one of the 1000+ objects. Most importantly for members of the public, it will […]

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