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Fashion - Michael Hoppen Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION celebrating almost a century of fashion photography and entitled simply Fashion, runs until March 2, 2007, at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London.

It includes work by Baron Adolphe de Meyer, one of the earliest fashion photographers, a man dubbed by Cecil Beaton as “the Debussy of photography”. In 1914, he moved to New York where he worked as leading cameraman for Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Fashion also features work by Martin Munkasci whose pioneering snapshot aesthetic moved fashion photography out of the studio; Man Ray whose commercial work Le Mode fused surrealism and fashion; and Terry Richardson, noted for his raw sexual exuberance.

Other photographers featured include Lillian Bassman, Sarah Moon, Fernand Fonssagrives, Mary McCartney (daughter of Sir Paul), Sam Haskins, William Klein, George Dambier, William Claxton and Ellen Von Unwerth.

All evolved distinctive aesthetic signatures and illustrate how the boundaries between art and fashion were crossed.