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The Hemispheres Design Special

From branded street artists to 14th-century cobblers, style takes a turn for both the new and old

1923 Edward Steichen, Vogue

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FORM OF THE CENTURY

EDINBURGH – The day Condé Montrose Nast bought the struggling weekly Vogue in 1909, he transformed not only the publishing industry but photography and fashion, too. The fashion pages in Condé Nast magazines—Vogue in particular—have become cultural events in their own right, a fact attested to by the images here, which are part of a retrospective currently on view at Edinburgh’s City Art Centre. “Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast” is a celebration of gloss and glamour, yes, but that’s not all. Gradually, we come to understand that despite the allure of the models and the clothes, the real beauty of these images is in the composition.

 

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