Veruschka. Dress by Bill Blass. New York. January 1967. © Richard Avedon
Before his work focused primarily on his so poignant study of portraiture, Richard Avedon snapped some of our culture’s most iconic fashion images. In fact, fashion editorial as we know it – pictures that tell a story, blurring lines between high art with vibrant mise-en-scene that focused on the woman as the living, breathing energy center and not just a pretty prop – is the stuff of Mr. Avedon’s creation. It’s safe to say the man can be remembered as both artist and inventor.
Starting tomorrow, the International Center for Photography will be showcasing the photographer’s fashion oeuvre throughout his career in “Avedon Fashion, 1944-2000.” I can’t say I’m an authority on art, but I know something is good when I see it often, know it well, yet each time I come across it, it takes my breath away just a little bit.