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KANTO

“Edward Steichen in High Fashion”

SETAGAYA ART MUSEUM

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

After years of prosperity following World War I, the U.S. economy began to rapidly decline before the stock-market crash in 1929 triggered the Great Depression.

Edward Steichen (1879-1973), who was working as a fashion photographer at the time, was nevertheless determined to focus on the bright side of society, creating vibrant and romantic imagery.

This exhibition consists of photos he took between 1923-1937 for Condé Nast magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair, showing off an artistic style of photography that is often credited for setting off a wave of modernism in America’s fashion industry. On show are 200 images of his avant-garde fashion reportage; Jan. 26-April 7.

Setagaya Art Museum; (03) 3415-6011; 1-2 Kinuta-koen, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo; Yoga Station, Denentoshi Line. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. (except Feb. 11), Feb. 12. www.setagayaartmuseum.or.jp.