The Getty Museum – Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011

Icons of Style
Photographer David Sims, Yohji Yamamoto, Autumn/Winter 1995, 1995 Chromogenic Print

Opening today, June 26, 2018, at J. Paul Getty Museum, is Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911 – 2011.

The exhibition displays the rich and varied history of modern fashion photography, exploring the ways in which photographers whose careers have been closely associated with the industry have shaped evolving notions of style and beauty. With over 35% of the exhibition drawn from the Getty Museum’s permanent collection and supplemented by loans from private and public sources, Icons of Style features more than one hundred-sixty photographs presented alongside a selection of costumes curated from the permanent collection at LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, illustrations, magazine covers, videos, and advertisements.

Icons of Style
Photographer Richard Burbridge, In Silhoutte, 2007 Chromogenic Print

Icons of Style Includes images from Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Patrick Demarchelier, Jean-Paul Goude, Steven Klein, Man Ray, Craig McDean, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, Francesco, Victor Skrebneski, Marion Testino, and Bruce Weber to name a few.

I had the pleasure to tour the exhibition in advance of its opening and found it beautifully curated and richly devoted in its presentation and one not to miss.

Icons of Style
Helmut Newton, Woman Examining Man, Saint-Tropez 1975, negative, 1975; print, about 1984

Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911- 2011 is on view starting today June 26 – October 21, 2018 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center. For more information visit- 

The exhibition is curated by Paul Martineau, associate curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. A related publication by Paul Martineau will be released by Getty Publications in spring 2018.

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