Lee Miller in Fashion
- ISBN 9780500516911
- 24.60 x 18.60 cm
- With 144 illustrations, 12 in colour
- First published 2013
‘Beautifully constructed … reflects Miller’s multifaceted career and demonstrates why she remains so relevant and important today’ – Aesthetica
‘Many unseen archive photographs, contact sheets and memos bring Miller’s wit and daring into vivid focus’– Financial Times
‘The archive material … and the research behind Conekin’s writing make the book a great resource of fashion’– Black & White Photography
Muse, surrealist and war photographer, Lee Miller was also one of the twentieth century’s most important fashion photographers – yet her work in the field of fashion remains little known.
This book is the first to redress the balance by exploring her unprecedented contributions as both model and photographer to the century’s leading fashion magazine, Vogue. From the late 1920s when her face graced its cover to the 1940s and 1950s when her stunning photographs lit up its pages, Vogue was the primary outlet for Miller’s daring creative vision.
Miller’s transition from one side of the camera to the other was unprecedented, and her fashion self-portraits, in which she was simultaneously model and photographer, are unique in the history of fashion photography. Only a few short years after she picked up the camera for the first time, Vanity Fair would declare her one of the ‘most distinguished living photographers’.
The story of Lee Miller in Fashion is also the story of an amazing transatlantic creative community in New York, London and Paris, as well as the changes that rocked the world in these glittering, then tumultuous decades.
Becky E. Conekin seamlessly intertwines this fascinating history with Miller’s life and accomplishments, as well as those of her friends and peers, including Edward Steichen, Man Ray and Picasso. The result is a vivid, beautifully illustrated read about one of the century’s true individuals.
Becky E. Conekin is a fashion historian, theorist and writer. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, she teaches Modern European History at Yale University. She previously taught for over a decade at the London College of Fashion, where she ran the Master’s in the History and Culture of Fashion. She is the author of The Autobiography of a Nation: The 1951 Festival of Britain, co-author of Eugene Vernier: Fashion, Femininity & Form and co-editor of The Englishness of English Dress and Moments of Modernity, as well as of the special tenth anniversary issue of Fashion Theory, which was dedicated to Vogue.
Also of interest
The Lives of Lee Miller
Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast
Visiting Picasso: The Notebooks and Letters of Roland Penrose
Beaton in Vogue
Edward Steichen: In High Fashion
Lee Miller: Portraits from a Life