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20th Century Fashion Photography

To celebrate the launch of Horst: Photographer of Style, 6 September 2014 – 4 January 2015, explore a selection of fashion photography in our collections.

Horst P. Horst, Hat and coat-dress by Bergdorf Goodman, modelled by Estrella Boissevain, 1938. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Horst P. Horst, Marlene Dietrich, New York, 1942. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Horst P. Horst, Salvador Dalí’s costumes for Leonid Massine's ballet Bacchanale, 1939. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Horst P. Horst, View of ruins at the palace of Persepolis, Persia, 1949. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Horst P. Horst, dinner suit and headdress by Schiaparelli, 1947. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Horst P. Horst, Baroness Pauline de Rothschild at her apartment in Paris, 1969, © Conde Nast/Horst Estate

Horst P. Horst, Male Nude, 1952. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Horst P. Horst, Round the Clock, New York, 1987. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Arthur Elgort, Wendy Whitelaw, Park Avenue. Personal picture taken on American Vogue fashion shoot, July 1981, © Arthur Elgort/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Arthur Elgort, Wendy Whitelaw, Park Avenue. Personal picture taken on American Vogue fashion shoot, July 1981, © Arthur Elgort/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

John French, Skater wears a Digby Morton fur trimmed velvet coat, city gentleman, Michael Bentley in the background, London. Daily Express, 1955, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Cecil Beaton, In the Manner of the Edwardians, Mary Taylor wears Channel, American Vogue, 1935. Museum no. PH.191-1977, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Lillian Bassman, dress by Omar Kiam for Ben Reig, American Harper’s Bazaar, 1950. Museum no. PH.16-1986, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Peter Rose Pulham, Fashion study, about 1933-36. Museum no. CIRC.7-1977, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Arthur Elgort, coat by Moreau, suit by Mario Capra, French Vogue, September 1984. Museum no. PH.4-1986, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Melvin Sokolsky, Simone wears fashion by Venet, River Seine, Paris, American Harper’s Bazaar, March 1963. Museum no. PH.732-1987, © Melvin Sokolsky/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Edward Steichen, 1927. Museum no. PH.239-1985, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Rankin, photograph published in Dazed & Confused, Issue 15. From the fashion story `Hungry?', 1995. Museum no. E.94-1997, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

David Bailey, Jean Shrimpton at 91 Heigham Road, 1961. Museum no. PH.140-1983, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London / David Bailey

Ossie Clark Plane Crash, Jim Lee, 1969. Museum no. E.14-2006, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Evening Dresses for Vogue, Edward Steichen, 1930. Museum no. CIRC.969-1967, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London