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By Mary Dooe

Any student of fashion knows that photography, just as much as much as design, textiles and print media, is a vital aspect of the industry. This year the International Center for Photography finally gives a nod in the other direction, with an exhibit devoted solely to the contributions that fashion has had on photography, and even art in general over the years.

A number of exhibits will be shown as part of the larger Year of Fashion show, and will cover such vast themes as the history of the genre, the parallels between fashion and other cultural developments, our societal views of women as seen through the lens of fashion, and perhaps most importantly, the intersection of fashion with art across the world.

The second wave of exhibits began last week and runs through September 6th. Among the most notable is a Richard Avedon retrospective, Avedon Fashion: Photographs 1944-2000. An icon in the industry, Avedon’s photography evolved over half a century and his vision influenced publications as varied as Harper’s Bazaar and The New Yorker, and his artistic foresight forever changed the intersection of femininity, fashion, pop culture and art for a generation.

Other exhibits include David Seidner: Paris Fashion 1945, followed by The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video on display September 18th to January 3rd 2010. With accompanying publications, lectures and films throughout the year, the International Center for Photography is sure to turn your view of fashion upside down.

Originally published May 2009
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