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Fashion and Surrealism on Exhibit in Horst Exhibit at The Dali

Take a trip to the Dali Museum to see the unmistakable, iconic photographs of Horst P. Horst.

By Heather Dunhill August 11, 2016

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Whether you're a fashion or photography enthusiast  (or both!), the Horst P. Horst exhibit at The Dalí Museum is a must-see this summer. Horst's extraordinary career, which spanned more than six decades, puts him in the company of iconic names like Irving Penn and Richard Avedon as one of the last century’s leading photographers.  Horst set industry standards decade after decade, from his use of dramatic light and shadow to color contrasts. 

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Horst P. Horst / Muriel Maxwell (American Vogue Cover, 1 July 1939), 1939 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

The 180 works in the exhibition, titled Horst Photographs: Fashion and Surrealism, was curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London specifically for this special collaboration with The Dalí. The extensive and multi-media galleries include a spectacular showing of original vintage photographs, sketches, films, letters, cameras and large-scale color prints made for the exhibition.  But it's not just fashion (with the likes of Chanel and Schiaparelli)--Horst's avant-garde style includes portraiture, nude studies, interiors and still-life photography.

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Horst P. Horst / Marlene Dietrich, 1942 / © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Susanna Brown, curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, says, “We are delighted to collaborate with The Dali to bring this major Victoria and Albert exhibition to the U.S. The Dali’s spectacular galleries and collection provide the perfect context in which to explore the influence Surrealist art had on Horst’s photography and the wider world of fashion and design.”

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Horst P. Horst / Round the Clock, 1987 / © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

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Cover Art: Horst P. Horst / Summer Fashions (American Vogue Cover, 15 May 1941) /  © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

But hurry. This special exhibition is only on display through September 6, 2016. And while you're there, be sure to pop into the museum store for your souvenir collection--the companion book for the exhibit.

The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg (727) 823-3767

Horst: Photographs – Fashion and Surrealism is curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and for The Dali Museum by Joan Kropf. Works are on loan from the V&A, The Horst Estate, The Condé Nast Archive, Richard J. Horst, The Sir Elton John Photography Collection and other private collections.


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