The works in the exhibition convey Steichen’s forward thinking and ‘painterly’ techniques. He borrowed from a range of aesthetic movements including Impressionism, Art Nouveau and Symbolism to create a characteristic Art Deco style. Within his meticulous compositions, he treated his subjects as vehicles through which to explore shape, form, texture, light and shade.In High Fashion presents photographs that depict designs from Chanel, Lanvin, Lelong, Patou, Schiaparelli amongst many others, alongside a series of portraits. These include luminaries such as Greta Garbo, Cecil B. De Mille, Winston Churchill, Marlene Dietrich, Josef von Sternberg, Frank Lloyd Wright, Amelia Earhart, the writers W.B. Yeats and Colette; the dancers Martha Graham and Fred Astaire and the musicians Vladimir Horowitz and George Gershwin. Providing an Art Deco backdrop for the images is a series of three unique wallpapers that Steichen designed for Stehli Silks Corporation as part of their Americana Prints collection (1925 – 27). This collection featured specially commissioned patterns from noted artists and celebrities of the time. Steichen used abstract arrangements of matches, eyeglasses, jellybeans, rice, buttons and threads to create his designs. Also on display will be a selection of rare copies of Vogue and Vanity Fair presenting Steichen’s photographs in their original context. Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years 1923 – 1937 is curated by William A. Ewing, Todd Brandow and Nathalie Herschdorfer and produced by The Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis in collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery. This exhibition has previously been shown in North America, Australia, Asia and Europe. The exhibition opened on 31st October, 2014 to 18th January, 2015.