Coming Into Fashion: A Century of Photography
Stylish collection of work from publisher Condé Nast’s archive
This article is from 2013.
Glamorous and stylish, this exhibition explores the early artworks of more than 80 fashion photographers whose work has graced the pages of Condé Nast’s publications since 1911. And art is what this show is about – powerful and graceful images that cast light on different trends, fashion and conventions as they have changed throughout the 20th century. Images by 1940s photographers such as John Rawlings and Clifford Coffin are elegant and seductive without being obviously sexual, while images from the 1970s – including one strikingly beautiful work by the Scottish photographer Albert Watson – capture the more overtly erotic fashion of the time.
The exhibition highlights the fine line that both photography and fashion tread between commerce and art, but the images demonstrate just how Condé Nast elevated fashion photography into a credible artform. Dressed to Kill, which runs alongside Coming into Fashion and shows how Scottish artists have captured fashion over the years, feels an unnecessary addition.
City Arts Centre, 529 3993, until 8 Sep, £5 (£3.50).