September is going to be amazing for photography and fashion. The AGO is presenting Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the CondÃ© Nast Years, 1923â€“1937. It’s complementary show to the ROM’s Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008.
On George Baher’s yacht: June Cox wearing unidentified fashion; E. Vogt wearing fashion by Chanel and a hat by Reboux; Lee Miller wearing a dress by Mae and Hattie Green and a scarf by Chanel; Hanna-Lee Sherman wearing unidentified fashion, 1928 Gelatin silver print Courtesy CondÃ© Nast Archive, New York Â© 1928 CondÃ© Nast Publications
From September 26, 2009 to January 3, 2010, the Art Gallery of Ontario will host an exhibition that proves glamour never goes out of style. Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the CondÃ© Nast Years, 1923 â€“1937 presents 200 beautifully preserved gelatin silver prints from the Vogue and Vanity Fair CondÃ© Nast Archive and brings them to Canada for the first time.
“Blackâ€: Model Margaret Horan in a black dress by Jay-Thorpe, 1935 Gelatin silver print Courtesy CondÃ© Nast Archive, New York Â© 1935 CondÃ© Nast Publications
Edward Steichen’s black-and-white fashion and celebrity images defined glamour in the 1920s and â€˜30s, and they still do today. As the chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair, Steichen filled the pages of CondÃ© Nast’s flagship magazines with brilliant and unforgettable images â€” transforming fashion into high art as he photographed the collections of leading houses such as Poiret, Chanel, Lanvin, GrÃ¨s and Schiaparelli. He immortalized hundreds of luminaries, from writers and artists to politicians and actors â€” including George Bernard Shaw, Noel Coward, Martha Graham, Amelia Earhart, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford.
Actress Mary Heberden, 1935 Gelatin silver print Courtesy CondÃ© Nast Archive, New York Â© 1935 CondÃ© Nast Publications
Accompanying the exhibition is a 288-page publication, Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the CondÃ© Nast Years, 1923 â€“1937, by William A. Ewing and Todd Brandow (Minneapolis: FEP Editions, 2008) â€“ with essays by MusÃ©e de lÂ´ElysÃ©e director William A. Ewing and curator Nathalie Herschdorfer, ICP curator Carol Squiers, and Kunsthaus Zurich curator Tobia Bezzola. Softcover retails for $70 at shopAGO.