Fashion is ephemeral art is eternal oscar wilde why do some fashion photographs transcend their commercial character to function as works of art while others do not. In 1911 the french publisher lucien vogel challenged photographer edward steichen to create the first artistic fashion photographs although photographs of fashion were made during the last decades of the previous century those sharply focused images were considered too realistic to be compelling . Fashion photography not only documents a seasons new look but zooms in on a zeitgeist about to coalesce. As much as clothing has changed over past century so too has the way it has been captured on magazine pages and museum walls this stunning exhibition catalogue explores fashion photographys remarkable evolution. This couldnt be more evident than in icons of style a century of fashion photography icons of style a century of fashion photography 1911 2011 is on view
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