Horst P. Horst
- Horst P. Horst
- 'CORSET - PARIS' (MAINBOCHER CORSET)
- Gelatin silver print
- 9 1/2 by 7 1/2 in. (24.1 by 19.1 cm.)
The photograph offered here is perhaps the most famous of Horst P. Horst's editorial fashion studies. First published in the 15 September 1939 issue of Vogue, the copy read 'Paris puts you back in laced corsets – and here they are. Detolle made the extreme, back-lacing corset . . . to bind you in for the Velasquez silhouette. This corset is specifically for evening.' The shape of the corset, as pictured here, is a product of expert retouching in order to exaggerate the silhouette of the waist and the constraint of a corset. It is the present version of this classic image that was published in Vogue in 1939. Also seen are later prints from the unretouched negative, in which the corset does not fit the model's torso snuggly.