Louise Dahl-Wolfe: The American Image


Renowned as the leading female fashion photographer in the post-war era, Louise Dahl-Wolfe (1895–1989) received universal acclaim for her innovative work in fashion and portraiture. Dahl-Wolfe’s signature style of “environmental” fashion photography evolved during her years at Harper’s Bazaar. As American fashions were beginning to offer a chic alternative to dominant French couture styles, Dahl-Wolfe inventively documented these styles in the natural settings and bold shots that made her iconic. Together with editors Carmel Snow and Diana Vreeland, Dahl-Wolfe was part of a legendary triumvirate of women that defined the image of fashion magazines of the period. This long-awaited comprehensive retrospective of a formidable talent shows Dahl-Wolfe as an arbiter of elegance for a new generation of photographers that included Richard Avedon and Irving Penn. In fashion and photography alike, Dahl-Wolfe was key to the definition of American style. The exhibition opened at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona. Curator Nan Richardson is available for panels and lectures.

• Total 101 items to occupy 275 linear feet
• Forty silver gelatin photographs, size 16 x 20
• Sixty color iris prints, 16 x 20
• One color iris print mounted on gator board, 4 x 6
• Matted and framed in black wood with 4-ply
  archival board, under UV plexi
• Scrapbook and facsimile notebooks by
  Louise Dahl-Wolfe
• Documentary video: Louise Dahl-Wolfe
• Publication: Louise Dahl-Wolfe

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