Elusive, transparent, striking, passionate, and, above all, representative of the times, fashion presents an elegant and challenging subject to the best of photographers. Here, in one beautiful volume, is a collection of the best fashion photography to appear in 'Vogue,' the world's leading fashion magazine.
Some of the most talented photographers of the century are included - artists such as Baron de Meyer, Edward Steichen, Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, and Helmut Newton. Concerned with portraying the ideal image of the woman of the day, these photographers create a vision at once attractive, elegant, and seductive - real and surreal, admired and unattainable. At its best, this vision combines art, techniques, psychology, and salesmanship with an understanding of the motivations and desires of the public.
This collection provides a rare opportunity to study the evolution of dress, behavior, and attitudes in our society, and to appreciate the development of the art of fashion photography and its principal subject -the image of woman. (includes 235 illustrations, 25 in color). [via]