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Retrospective: Roaring 20's fashion with master of photography, Edward Steichen

Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years 1923-1937

Thanks to the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Condé Nast publications archival records and the unmeasurable efforts of curators William Ewing, Todd Brandow and Nathalie Hershdorfer, fashion and photography lovers can take a glimpse into the Edward Steichen's legacy. The exhibit counts with 200 out of 2000 of Steichen's vintage portraits featuring celebrities and haute couture during the years he served as chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines from 1923 to 1937. It was during this period that he paved the way for modern high fashion photography, but the most impressive aspect of this exhibition lies in the quality of the prints and the immaculate preservation of the pieces.
His iconic portraiture work include celebrities like actors Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson (on this post), filmmakers like Cecil B. DeMille, Ernst Lubitsch and Walt Disney, painters like Matisse, writers like W.B. Yates, E.E. Cummings and Collete, musicians like Stravinsky, Horowits and Gershwin; and statesmen like Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover, to mention a few.


  • Roberto Cruz 5 years ago

    Interesting article and of special interest to me as an amateur fashion and glamour photographer. Is interesting to note that photographers of those years worked with film cameras and did not have the advantage of today's digital photography with all the computer programs that help improve the quality of their work and having to rely instead on expensive lab work. Even the lighting can be change with todays programs such as Photo Shop. However,I understand that many fashion photographers of today still prefer to work with film.

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