Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography Comes To Houston

Nadine Jolie Courtney | June 4, 2019 | Lifestyle

The MFAH’s Icons of Style exhibition celebrates a century of fashion photography.


Showcasing work from more than 90 photographers, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston’s (mfah.org) new show, Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, is one of the most comprehensive fashion photography exhibitions ever to be shown. The exhibition (June 23 to Sept. 22) was first organized at The J. Paul Getty Museum in L.A. and covers an astonishing array of work: more than 200 photographs, costumes, illustrations, magazine covers, videos and advertisements showcasing sartorial evolution from behind a camera lens. The photographers featured include household names such as Richard Avedon, Man Ray, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn and Herb Ritts, as well as influential but more under-the-radar artists such as Corinne Day, Kwame Brathwaite and Kourken Pakchanian. Guests at the MFAH can expect everything from glamorous Great Depression-era photos designed to distract from harsh economic realities to our own James Harden (pictured), shot colorfully by Erik Madigan Heck for GQ last year. “Icons of Style traces fashion photography’s evolution from niche industry to powerful cultural force, highlighting the collaboration between the designers, models and photographers,” says Malcolm Daniel, the Gus and Lyndall Wortham curator of photography at the MFAH. “It features Houston’s own style icons: Beyoncé, Solange, Selena and Simone Biles.”


Photography by: Erik Madigan Heck/Courtesy of Staley-Wise Gallery, © Erik Madigan Heck/Trunk Archive