Explore the rich and varied history of fashion photography through Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography. More than 200 photographs by famous practitioners and lesser-known, yet influential artists present a broad perspective on fashion photography and its trajectory from niche industry to powerful cultural force. The exhibition surveys the gradual recognition of fashion photography as an art form.
Icons of Style showcases a diverse view of fashion and fashion photography—from elegant portraits made in the early 20th century to the trendsetting fashions of Beyoncé, David Bowie, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Jones, Run-DMC, Selena, and Solange; to images that have graced the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Ebony, and Essence.
The exhibition not only chronicles trends in fashion over the past century, it also reflects broader cultural shifts. From aristocrats, to street style, to supermodels and globalism, fashion photography often defines the ways people see themselves. Icons of Style brings together local, national, and international loans, augmented with works from the MFAH collections.
Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography | June 23–September 22, 2019
► Enhance Your Experience
Visit River Oaks District for an eye-catching selection of windows inspired by Icons of Style. Take a photo in front of any of the Icons of Style images and share on Instagram, tagging @mfahouston and #IconsMFAH to be entered in a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the exhibition. Check the Museum’s Instagram stories for the announcement of the winner on August 26 at 10 a.m. After you submit your entry, stop by the stylish Bisou restaurant at River Oaks District for fine dining with a French twist, classic cocktails, and an extensive wine list in a sleek, contemporary interior.
The illustrated exhibition catalogue is available through the MFA Shop (713.639.7360) and the Museum’s Hirsch Library (713.639.7325).
► Audio Guide
The optional audio guide delves deeper into selected works of art, with commentary and insights from MFAH curators, exhibiting artists, and local style icons. Offered in both English and Spanish. Included in the ticket price, based on availability. Audio-guide players are located at the exhibition entrance.
► Exhibition Admission
Tickets, available online and on-site, include Museum general admission.
Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography
|MFAH Member (Join now!)||Free|
|Senior (65+ with ID), Military (with ID), College Student (19+ with ID), Youth (13–18)||$18|
|Child (12 & younger)||Free|