Glamour, mystery and drama from V&A

Ronald Traeger, Twiggy wears Twiggy Dresses Battersea Park, London. Unpublished Fashion Study for British Vogue, Young Idea, July 1967.

Ronald Traeger, Twiggy wears Twiggy Dresses Battersea Park, London. Unpublished Fashion Study for British Vogue, Young Idea, July 1967.

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THE glamour, mystery and drama of some of the world’s most striking fashion photographs will be displayed in Dundee later this year in a major exhibition from the V&A.

`Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography’ is the second in a series of exhibitions being held at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum leading up to the opening of the V&A at Dundee.

The exhibition features work by giants of twentieth century photography including Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and David Bailey, alongside contemporary images by Corinne Day, Rankin, Tim Walker and Steven Meisel.

Susanna Brown, Curator of Photographs at the V&A, said: “This exhibition brings together diverse works by more than 20 leading image-makers and will include some wonderful iconic images as well as rarely exhibited photographs from the V&A collection.”

Philip Long, Director of V&A at Dundee, said, “The style and glamour of fashion has attracted the world’s best photographers for nearly as long as the history of photography itself. `Selling Dreams’ is a fabulous opportunity to see some of these most iconic images, as well as discover lesser know ones from the V&A’s superlative collections.”

The V&A is home to the UK’s National Collection of the Art of Photography. `Selling Dreams’ is drawn from this collection and is the first V&A touring exhibition to explore the work of international fashion photographers from the earliest years of the twentieth century to the present day. It will include approximately 60 photographs.

The exhibition title is inspired by a quote from photographer Irving Penn. In 1984, he commented on his role at Vogue as ‘selling dreams not clothes’. This simple statement highlights the complexity of the fashion photographer’s role, which goes far beyond the simple recording of fabrics and surface detail.

The exhibition is organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.