'Givenchy Hat B'
archival pigment print, signed, editioned '6/30', and annotated 'EAIJ' in pencil in the margin, signed, credited, titled, dated, and annotated in pencil on the reverse, framed, 1958, printed in 2006
image: 22 by 33.3 cm (8⅝ by 13⅛ in.)
frame: 45.7 by 55.6 cm (18 by 21⅞ in.)
Paul Martineau, Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2016), p. 189
“Horvat’s greatest models possess a nonconformist beauty, and their personalities shine through the pages of the magazines. Nevertheless, the woman in his most famous photograph remains an enigma. She stares at the lens, one eye visible under one flawless brow bone, the other obscured by the cascade of white silk flowers from her Givenchy hat. Unusually, it is not she who commands the attention of the other protagonists: around her, the men in top hats point their binoculars in the distance, towards a horse race” (Susanna Brown, ‘Une belle chimère : Frank Horvat et la mode’, Frank Horvat 50-65 (Paris : Jeu de Paume, 2022), p. 38). A major exhibition of Horvat’s work will be open from 16 June until 17 September 2023 at the Jeu de Paume in Paris.