How Fashion Photography Has Changed Throughout The Years

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In this essay I am going to discuss how fashion photography has evolved throughout the decades. Some of the subjects I am going to discuss are; the beginnings of fashion photography, the different styles of fashion photography, and fashion magazines.
Fashion photography is a genre of photography in which clothing and other material garments are photographed for the purpose of displaying in a fashion magazine or for the use in an advertisement. This style of photography has been around since the early days of photography itself, however the first fashion photographs didn’t surface until 1856. Photographer Adolphe Braun took the first fashion photographs of Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione. These photographs were published into a book which contained over 200 other photographs of the Countess. Due to these photographs the Countess became the first ever fashion model. In the 1990’s printing advancements meant that photographers could include their work in magazine spreads. This allowed fashion magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar (which were both founded in the 1800’s) to include photographs. These magazines were initially hand illustrated but the new developments in printing meant that fashion magazines were able to show photographs of what the clothing actually looked like
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Some of these can include catalogue/look-book images, editorial images, and high fashion images. Each genre requires a different approach because they each have a specific style requirement to fulfil. For example, catalogue images need to show a set wardrobe of clothing so that the brand/company can sell more of the items, the poses that the models are in are very simple and the images are very clean cut. On the other hand, high fashion images are styled completely different. High fashion images are made to look out of the ordinary with dramatic clothing and exaggerated
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