- Edward Steichen
- 'CHERUIT GOWN (MARION MOREHOUSE)' (MRS. E. E. CUMMINGS)
- Gelatin silver print
- 9 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, 2001
Margaret Case Harriman, 'Steichen,' Vogue, 1 January 1938, p. 36
'Edward Steichen: His Photographs and Achievements,' U. S. Camera Annual 1956, p. 27
Steichen the Photographer (The Museum of Modern Art, 1961), p. 46
Edward Steichen, A Life in Photography (Garden City, 1963), pl. 104
Joanna Steichen, ed., Steichen’s Legacy: Photographs, 1895-1973 (New York, 2000), pl. 97
Nancy Hall Duncan, The History of Fashion Photography (George Eastman House, 1977), p. 51
Polly Devlin, Vogue Book of Fashion Photography, 1919-1979 (New York, 1979), p. 30
William A. Ewing and Todd Brandow, Edward Steichen: In High Fashion—The Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937 (London, 2007), fig. 90, p. 115
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During his 15 years with Condé Nast, Steichen established the standards for what is modern fashion photography. Cheruit Gown, Marion Morehouse, is one of Steichen’s best and most memorable fashion images in this genre. Posing not in a studio, but in the hallway of Condé Nast’s Park Avenue duplex, the actress Marion Morehouse, Steichen’s favorite model, wears a sequined deconstructed gown that shimmers. In her posture and her expression, innovative for the era, she radiates vitality and sexuality: a bold, modern woman in a beautiful dress.