The Art of Imitation: Edward Steichen’s Modern Fashion Photographs of 1911

The birth of modern fashion photography is often credited to a spread by Edward Steichen featured in Art et Décoration magazine in 1911. However,  surprisingly little, if any, attention is every given to how Steichen took many of his groundbreaking visual cues from fashion illustration, specifically the work of artists Paul Iribe and Georges Lepape in two luxury, … Continue reading The Art of Imitation: Edward Steichen’s Modern Fashion Photographs of 1911

Murderous Millinery: A brief look at the fashion for feathered hats in the early 20th century

In the early years of the twentieth century, the hat was the single most important fashion accessory—no respectable woman would go out during the day without one—but, by 1910, it was also increasingly the most controversial. Bird feathers were the most coveted decorations for the wide, expansive hats then in fashion. Dubbed “murderous millinery” in … Continue reading Murderous Millinery: A brief look at the fashion for feathered hats in the early 20th century