Horst: Photographer of Style at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, February 12 – May 22, 2016

“Horst P. Horst (Weissenfels, Germany,1906-Florida, 1999) created images that transcend fashion and time. He was a master of light, composition and atmospheric illusion, who conjured a world of sensual sophistication. In an extraordinary sixty-year career, his photographs graced the pages of Vogue and House and Garden under the one-word photographic byline ‘Horst’.” – Victoria & Albert Museum, curators of exhibition

Fashion is an expression of the times. Elegance is something else again.” – Horst, 1984

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Horst directing fashion shoot with Lisa Fonssagrives, 1949. Photo by Roy Stevens /Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images

Model Muriel Maxwell in white sunglasses putting on lipstick, wearing red-white-and-blue turban, andv holding a red-and-white striped bag

Muriel Maxwell, American Vogue cover, July 1, 1939 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate


Dress by Hattie Carnegie, 1939 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate


Corset by Detolle for Mainbocher, 1939 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate


Salvador Dalí’s costumes for Leonid Massine’s ballet Bacchanale, 1939 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate


Marlene Dietrich, New York, 1942 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate

Reclining model in white swimsuit and bathing cap, balancing large red ball on feet

Summer Fashions, American Vogue cover, May 15, 1941 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate

Model with her back to the camera sitting on the arm of a chair, wearing a black Schiaparelli dress with a large pink bow on the small of her back, a pair of black gloves are on the chair and in the background are large colored squares

Dinner suit and headdress by Schiaparelli, 1947 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate


Male Nude, 1952 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate


Round the Clock, New York, 1987 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate

Images courtesy NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. Installation photo by B. Babic