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Louise Dahl-Wolfe's First UK Retrospective Comes To The Fashion & Textile Museum

Posted On: Oct 20, 2017   |   Posted By: 10 magazine

Louise Dahl-Wolfe's First UK Retrospective Comes To The Fashion & Textile Museum

“Louise Dahl-Wolfe changed the landscape of fashion photography forever,” says Oliva María Rubio, curator of the photographer's latest retrospective at London's Fashion & Textile museum, Louise Dahl-Wolfe: A Style of Her Own. It's a European retrospective long overdue - for someone of her acclaim, Dahl-Wolfe's fame has has never expanded much beyond her native United States.
And the breadth of her work speaks for itself - during her prolific twenty-two years at Harpers Bazaar, the main focus for this show, Dahl-Wolfe amassed eight-six covers, six-hundred colour plates and over two thousand black and white images. And whilst the numbers are impressive, her enduring legacy remains her transformation of the way that America fashion was viewed - her photographs a declaration that it existed in its own right and no longer relied on imports from Paris. As Smithsonian curator John Jacob said: “she did not so much discover the new American style as she embodied it.”
The style is unmistakeable. It has that air of...

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