Fashion Photographs 1944-2000
October 18, 2009 - January 17,
This exhibition is a comprehensive study of Richard
Avedon's (1923-2004) fashion photographs that includes a
selection of over 200 images representing his stylistic
evolution over a period of 50 years. Both iconic and
lesser-known photographic prints, as well as never-before-seen
material including contact sheets, magazine layouts, personal
ephemera and archival material are included. All photographs
are from the Avedon estate, and many are vintage prints.
Avedon began his career at the end of World War II in New
York City. Influenced by photo reportage and the innovative
eye of Harper's Bazaar art director Alexy Brodovitch,
Avedon revolutionized editorial fashion work for magazines in
the post-World War II era. At the young age of 23, his work
was fresh and created to rejuvenate the Paris fashion market
after the war.
As his career developed in the 1950s and 1960s, Avedon
captured the independent lifestyle and spirit of the times in
women's clothing of the period. In addition to his fashion
work with celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara
Streisand, Avedon was one of the first high-profile
photographers to work with African American and multi-racial
models including Detroit-native Donyale Luna and the Eurasian
model China Machado.
Avedon continued to dominate the photography world until
his death in 2004. Works from the 1990s include his
collaborations with famous models on the fashion scene
including Kate Moss and Stephanie
Visit the exhibition and use
your cell phone to access DIA Director Graham Bealís audio
commentary about Avedon Fashion Photography. Using
the system is as easy as dialing a telephone number and then
entering the item number that corresponds to a particular
image. Simply look for objects in the exhibition marked with
The cell phone gallery guide is
provided free of charge; however, you will use your cell phone
minutes while connected, regardless of your
An exhibition catalog will be available in the Museum Shop.
Click here to
Click here to read the recent New York
Times article "How Avedon Blurred His Own
© 2009 The
Richard Avedon Foundation.
was organized by the International Center of Photography
cooperation of The Richard Avedon Foundation, New York;
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New
York. This exhibition and its
catalogue were made possible with a major lead grant from the
Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support was received from
the ICP Exhibitions Committee, National Endowment for the
Arts, Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation,
and other generous corporate, foundation, and individual
donors. In Detroit, support has been
provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
and the City of Detroit.
Donyale Luna, dress by Paco
Rabanne, New York, December 1966.