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Ooh, Snap: The ICP Brings Us A Year Of Fashion
The year ahead for the fashion industry may look somewhat bleak, but that’s all the more reason to be excited about the International Center of Photography’s “Year of Fashion,” a 12-month-long look at style shooters. The year begins on January 16 with three simultaneous exhibitions: a collection of vintage prints from Vogue and Vanity Fair’s chief lensman Edward Steichen; a 70-image look at non-fashion photographers (Walker Evans, Tina Barney, Robert Mapplethorpe) whose images are nonetheless quite stylish; and another that focuses on the modern fashion photograph, culled from glossies that range from Vogue to Purple Fashion. (The latter two are curated by photography critic and writer Vince Aletti.) There’s a whole lesson in fashion history right there in the first few months of the year. Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937; This Is Not A Fashion Photograph; and Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now will all be on view from January 16 through May 3, 2009.