Win Tickets to Louise Dahl-Wolfe at the Fashion and Textile Museum

24 August 2017

Competitions

Win a pair of tickets to the preview and curator talk or a pair of tickets to the general exhibition (two pairs to be won). Exhibition Dates: 20 October 2017 – 21 January 2018.

 

Enter via the form at the bottom of the page by midnight on 15th October 2017. 

Louise Dahl-Wolfe (1895–1989) is one of the most important women fashion photographers of the first part of the 20th century. This is the first major retrospective of her work in the UK, and a key focus of the exhibition is Dahl-Wolfe’s 22 years as leading contributor to Harper’s Bazaar. Considered a pioneer of modern fashion photography, the exhibition highlights how Dahl-Wolfe defined the image of the modern independent post-war woman.

‘From the moment I saw her first colour photographs, I knew Bazaar was at last going to look the way I had instinctively wanted,’ declared editor Carmel Snow. Credited with 86 covers for the magazine, 600 colour plates, and over 2,000 black-and-white photographs, Louise Dahl-Wolfe often photographed on location and mainly outdoors in the then exotic locales of Cuba, South America, Spain and Mexico. Her work appears fresh and spontaneous but was always carefully planned. The exhibition features over 100 photographs spanning three decades, from the 1930s to the 1950s, and presents the work of couture designers Chanel, Balenciaga and Dior, as well as American fashion innovators Claire McCardell and Clare Potter. The models, whose looks set the style for the decade, include Suzy Parker, Jean Patchett, Evelyn Tripp, Mary Jane Russell, Lisa Fonssagrives, Lizzie Gibbons and Liz Benn.

Dahl-Wolfe also created a significant body of portraiture capturing literary figures such as W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood, Colette and Carson McCullers; fashion designers and a major portfolio of Hollywood stars from Bette Davis, Carole Lombard and Vivien Leigh in the 1930s to Lauren Bacall and Veronica Lake in the 1940s. A key focus of the exhibition is Dahl-Wolfe’s 22 years as the lead photographer for Harper’s Bazaar, from 1936 to 1958, working with Snow, fashion director Diana Vreeland and the designer Alexey Brodovitch. The exhibition highlights the influence of Dahl-Wolfe on photographers Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon and Irving Penn. In addition, the Museum will stage a display of other photographic highlights 

Exclusive Preview Events on Thursday 19 October:
Meet the Louise Dahl-Wolfe Exhibition Team & Curators
Exhibition Preview: Louise Dahl-Wolfe


Louise Dahl-Wolfe Exhibition
20 October 2017 – 21 January 2018
Fashion and Textile Museum
83 Bermondsey Street
London
SE1 3XF 

Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm
Thursdays until 8pm
Sundays, 11am–5pm

Closed Monday
Last admission 45 minutes before closing

Please note: The Museum does not have a permanent display, and instead offers one focused temporary exhibition every three months within a year which allows the Museum to display a rich variety of contemporary fashion and textile items. Suggested visit time 45 minutes to an hour.


For information call +44 (0)20 7407 8664, info@ftmlondon.org

 


Suzy Parker by the Seine, Costume by Balenciaga, 1953. Photograph by Louise Dahl-Wolfe. © 1989 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents.

Winners will be selected by a random draw.

 

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