Horst at work: behind the scenes at American Vogue

Showing clips from the Vogue cutting room floor, as well as editors at work, this footage shot from late 1946 to early 1947 gives a fascinating insight into the history of fashion publishing.

The creation of a Horst photograph was a collaborative process, involving the talents of the photographer and model, the art director, fashion editor, studio assistants and set technicians. Horst insisted that Vogue photographers work with a large format camera, which produced richly detailed negatives measuring ten by eight inches.

This film is comprised of outtakes from the documentary Fashion Means Business (1947). Dorian Leigh models the latest American designs in the Condé Nast studio for Horst and his assistant Vassilov, overseen by Vogue editors Muriel Maxwell and Priscilla Peck. The photographs are selected with editor Jessica Daves and art director Alexander Liberman, and the page layout finalised with Marcel Guillaume and Liberman.

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