Museum of Fine Arts Houston Presents ICONS OF STYLE: A Century of Fashion Photography in Latest Exhibit

Dates for Icons of Style are from June 23, 2019— September 22, 2019

John Dyer, Selena, 1992, chromogenic print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Texas Monthly and the artist. © 1992 John Dyer All Rights Reserved

Explore the rich and varied history of fashion photography through Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography.

More than 200 photographs by famous practitioners and lesser-known, yet influential artists present a broad and diverse perspective on fashion photography and its trajectory from niche industry to powerful cultural force.

The exhibition surveys the gradual recognition of fashion photography as an art form.


Icons of Style showcases a broad and diverse view of fashion and fashion photography—from elegant portraits made in the early 20th century to the trendsetting fashionsof Beyoncé, David Bowie, Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Jones, Run DMC, and Salt-N-Pepa.

Also included are images that have graced the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Ebony, and Essence.

The exhibition not only chronicles trends in fashion over the past century, it also reflects broader cultural shifts.

From aristocrats, to street style, to supermodels and globalism, fashion photography often defines the ways people see themselves.

Glen E. Friedman, published by Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Run-DMC, from the portfolio Selected Works 1, 1985, printed 2014, gelatin silver print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach, Directors. Photograph: Glen E. Friedman © 1985

Icons of Style brings together local, national, and international loans, augmented with works from the MFAH collections.

Tickets, available online and on-site, include Museum general admission.

TICKETS: Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photograph–Any Day, Any Time

  • MFAH Member, Free
  • Adult (19+)  $23
  • Senior (65+ with ID), Military (with ID), College Student (19+ with ID), Youth (13–18)  $18
  • Child (12 & younger) Free


Opening-Day Lecture “Making an Icon” : Sunday, June 23, 2019: 3 p.m.–4 p.m. presented by Lisa Volpe, associate curator of photography

Richard Avedon, Dovima with Elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, August 1955, gelatin silver print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Karen Kelsey Duddlesten in honor of Anne Wilkes Tucker on the occasion of her retirement. © The Richard Avedon Foundation

Made for consumption in magazines and advertising, fashion photography—like fashion itself—is a reactive genre.

To hold our attention, it is perpetually shifting shape in the face of social, political, and economic changes. In this genre characterized by rapid change, how does an image become an icon?

On the opening day of the exhibition Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, curator Lisa Volpe explores one of history’s most iconic fashion photographs: Richard Avedon’s Dovima with Elephants.

Drop in! This program is free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Exhibition tickets are available separately.

BISOU launches new menu in partnership with Icons of Style Exhibit:

Bisou has partnered with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to add a delicious component to the much-anticipated Icons of Style exhibition.

Executive Chef, Frédéric Perrier has crafted an elegant three-course prix fixe menu inspired by the fashion-centric exhibition from Friday, June 21 – Friday, August 30, 2019.

Bisou is located in the River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Road.

This addition to their existing lunch, dinner and brunch menu includes decadent features such as Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, 10 oz. Steak Frites, and Vanilla Bean Cream Brulee topped with fresh berries! Throughout the Summer months, diners can experience the menu for $65 per person which includes three courses and a glass of champagne! 

photo: Duc Hoang


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FEATRED PHOTO CREDIT PER MFAH: Erik Madigan Heck, James Harden, GQ, 2018, inkjet print, courtesy of Staley-Wise Gallery. © Erik Madigan Heck / Trunk Archive