Horst: Photographer of Style
Look Inside Buy Now



Publishing Date

352 pages



UK, Ireland, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Central & South America, Caribbean


Share this page

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Horst: Photographer of Style

Published to accompany a headline exhibition at the V&A, this book is the definitive celebration of the extraordinary photographic career of Horst P. Horst (1906 - 99). One of Vogue's most prolific and creative contributors, Horst worked in Paris and New York, photographing fashions by leading designers and making portraits of the century's stars. His important work made outside the realms of fashion photography is also included here. Horst excelled at nude studies and still-life photography, fusing Hellenic and Surrealist motifs and drawing inspiration from artists such as Salvador Dali. He captured the exquisite simplicity of natural forms - plants, shells and stones - transforming them into abstract kaleidoscopic collages. His little-known travel photographs reveal his fascination with ancient cultures, landscapes and architecture and, in later years, Horst photographed some of the world's most beautiful homes for Vogue and House & Garden. His work epitomizes the interconnections between art, fashion and high society. Today, Horst's photographs continue to inspire art directors and photographers and he ranks alongside Irving Penn and Richard Avedon as one of the great masters of twentieth-century photography.

Accompanies the V&A exhibition Horst: Photographer of Style, 6 September 2014 to 4 January 2015

About the Author(s)
Susanna Brown

Susanna Brown is Curator of Photographs at the V&A. Her recent projects include the international touring exhibitions Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography and Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton, for which she wrote the accompanying book, Queen Elizabeth II: Portraits by Cecil Beaton (V&A, 2011).

"To be photographed by Horst P. Horst was an honour, a sign that you were someone special in fashion, art or high society. His work for Vogue, including the Muriel Maxwell cover from 1939 (above), transformed fashion photography. The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is hosting an exhibition of his finest work until January 2015 and this richly illustrated accompanying book showcases his most stunning creations." The Daily Mail

"With a foreword by Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, and contributions by a stellar cast of experts, this elegant book explores Horsts life, work and wide-ranging influences. From his instantly recognisable Vogue covers and celebrity portraits to his Patterns From Nature series of abstracts and little-known travel photography, this is a strikingly stylish visual journey." 5* Review in The Lady

Like this? Try These


Glam Rock image

Glam Rock
By Alwyn W. Turner and Alwyn W. Turner

Drawing on the collections of the V&A, Glam Rock narrates the story of glam & explores its impact on fashion, theatre & film. In the early 1970s, glam rock changed the face of popular culture in Britain and, against a backdrop of a nation racked by economical and social crises, its flamboyancy provided an escapist dream for musicians and fans alike

Glam Rock

V&A: Four Hundred Years Of Fashion image

V&A: Four Hundred Years Of Fashion
By Natalie Rothstein

Presenting the history of fashion, this title tells the story of men's and women's fashionable dress. It features over 200 illustrations which show clothes for different occasions, and also includes various fashion accessories.

V&A: Four Hundred Years Of Fashion
Vanity Fair 100 Years image

Vanity Fair 100 Years
By Graydon Carter

Vanity Fair 100 Years showcases a century of personality and power, art and commerce, crisis and cultureboth highbrow and low. In the sumptuous 384-page coffee table book, the editors of Vanity Fair have created the definitive history of the most talked-about magazine of our day.

Vanity Fair 100 Years
Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute image

Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute
By Hamish Bowles, Chloe Malle and Anna Wintour

An inside look at the history of the Met Costume Institute's exhibitions and galas, seen through the lens of Vogue Magazine.

Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute