Louise Dahl-Wolfe: Style and Colour / A talk by Michael Pick

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.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions and followed by a book signing in the foyer. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.
Guests are welcome to view Louise Dahl-Wolfe before or after the talk.

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Michael Pick MA (Cantab) FRSA is a London-based fine arts, design consultant, author and fellow of the Royal Arts Society. As well as contributing to numerous publications, including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Apollo, The Connoisseur, Antiques, The Antique Collector, Tatler, Harpers & Queen, and Vogue, Michael has authored numerous books on design, Fashion and the Decorative Arts. Titles include The English Room, BE DAZZLED! The Life of Norman Hartnell, Hardy Amies and Rayne: Shoes for Stars.

A founder Committee Member of the Twentieth Century Society (then The Thirties Society), the officially recognised British post-1900s architectural preservation group, his commissions have included the complete renovation of the Norman Hartnell Mayfair building with its art-moderne interiors and The Lansdowne Club, Berkeley Square, Mayfair.

Michael Pick was Guest Curator of the Fashion and Textile Museum’s exhibition ‘Hartnell to Amies’ which subsequently toured to Tullie House, Carlisle. He was Guest Curator at the Fashion and Textile Museum for the 2015 exhibition ‘Rayne: Shoes for Stars’.

Alongside lecturing on fashion and interior design, most recently he Michael was the sole lecturer at the Dagenham commemorative exhibition for Sir Hardy Amies.

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