The Master of Élégance & Allure


The Master of Élégance & Allure

George Hoyningen-Huene

George Hoyningen-Huene (1900-1968) was acknowledged as one of the most iconic pioneers in the genre of fashion photography. He created some of the most striking portraits of the early twentieth century, stitching together art, high fashion and cinema.

Grupo Artitude is delighted to present the exhibition George Hoyningen-Huene: The Master of Elegance & Allure at ARTitude Galeria from 26 April to 24 May, in collaboration with the George Hoyningen-Huene Estate Archives. This is the first ever exhibition of his works in Singapore, showcased at the gallery’s Dempsey Hill location. The exhibition features dozens of iconic black and white photographs, including portraits of artists, models and the upper crust of society, as well as breathtaking images of the stars of Hollywood’s golden age.

George Hoyningen-Huene was a major figure in the cultural effervescence of Paris and New York in the 1920s and 1930s. His singular sensibility enabled him to create one-of-a-kind compositions that would inspire legions of photographers, notably Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn and Richard Avedon.

One section of the exhibition celebrates the photographer’s connection to the fashion designer Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, whom he first met in Paris in the early 1920s.

It was a time of unprecedented creativity and Paris was the epicentre of high fashion and artistic ingenuity, a creative hub to which thousands gravitated from around the world.

His carefully crafted fashion photographs captured the brilliance of many Paris designers, including Lanvin, Patou, and Schiaparelli.

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George Hoyningen-Huene

Hoyningen-Huene spent his childhood in St Petersburg and London and settled in Paris in 1920. He took lessons from the Cubist painter André Lhote and created sketches for his sisterʼs fashion house. Before long, his talents were noticed by Vogue, and he began to produce backdrops and sets for photographic shoots. By 1926, Hoyningen-Huene was taking photographs himself and rapidly ascended to the role of Chief Photographer at Vogue Paris. A decade later he moved to New York to join Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

Through artful manipulation of studio lights, he sculpted human forms and accentuated the surface qualities of luxurious fabrics. Inspired by the great architects and painters of the past and present, his pictures incorporate elements of Art Deco, Neoclassical and Baroque design with dramatic results. He was one of the first photographers to bring movement and naturalness to photographs of French couture, and he saw every model as an individual, commenting ʻmodels are women and not alabaster personalities.ʼ

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