Thursday 11 January 2018 | 6-8pm
Image: Harper’s Bazaar Cover, June 1953.
Jean Patchett Fashion: Shorts and short square jacket by Clare Potter at the Alhambra, Spain.
Photograph by Louise Dahl-Wolfe
©1989 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents.
Courtesy: Terence Pepper Collection
From the 1930s, Dahl-Wolfe’s photographs resonated with designers world-wide, especially American designers such as Norell and McCardell. This engaging lecture by design historian and author Michael Pick concentrates on Dahl-Wolfe’s colour work and examines her contribution to changing fashion by the use of favourite models and her involvement with influential editors and major designers including Dior.
A San Francisco art education and talent for photography took Dahl-Wolfe to New York and Europe. Her work was prized by fellow photographers, including Beaton, Munkasci and Avedon, but most importantly by the magazine-reading public.
Louise Dahl-Wolfe’s subtle early photographs are painterly yet her individual view of fashion resulted in striking compositions and lighting which evolved with twentieth century technical and mechanical advances in camera manufacture. New colour photographic and printing processes were part of Dahl-Wolfe’s experience and allowed the freedom necessary for her own style of relaxed outdoor photography.
As this lecture demonstrates, Dahl-Wolfe’s innovative photographs retain the power to inspire us now.
Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.
Guests are welcome to view Louise Dahl-Wolfe before or after the talk.