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History of Fashion Photography Short Course

History of Fashion Photography Short Course

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Elizabeth Kutesko


This course provides a critical overview of key themes, practitioners and debates driving the history of fashion photography, from the early twentieth century to the present day. The past century has been critical in crystallizing fashion photography as an independent genre.

This course highlights changes in the way that the body has been fashioned across time and space, and how this connects to the wider social, cultural, economic and political sphere. How does the fashioned body reflect and/or challenge broader desires and anxieties? We will take a global perspective of the subject, to consider how images of dress and the body have constructed ideas of gender, class, race, and ethnicity, within the context of magazines, newspapers, advertising, digital media and museum exhibitions.

Through lectures, seminars, and visits to exhibitions and archives in London, we will situate fashion photography within the wider context of the production, dissemination and consumption of images of dress circulating in a global economy. We will decenter our discussion of fashion photography from a Eurocentric bias by exploring photographers from Europe and the United States, such as Baron Adolf de Meyer and Richard Avedon, as well as practioners based in Africa and South America, including Omar Victor Diop and Gui Paganini.

Topics Covered

  • Influence of art and design on fashion photography
  • Realism and street photography
  • Globalization & digital imagery and race & ethnicity
  • Change in attitudes towards the fashioned body over time and space

Who should take this course?

Suitable for beginners to the topic, but is also an excellent follow up to those who have studied art history, visual culture, photographic and fashion history.

Course Outcomes

Students will have a critical knowledge and understanding of key themes, and developments in fashion photography within a global context. Also an ability to situate the work of key photographers and analyse individual images in relation to key theories and debates.

Entry requirements: None

Level: All Levels


Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Dr Elizabeth Kutesko is an alumna of the Courtauld, where she obtained her PhD in 2016, and a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Central Saint Martins. She is the author of Fashioning Brazil: Globalization and the Representation of Brazilian Dress in National Geographic (Bloomsbury, 2018) and has published an article based upon her research in the Brazilian Fashion Special Edition of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture (November 2016). Her research interests are Latin American bodily practices and the intersection between fashion, cultural identity, representation and power.


Please bring with you to the first class:

Notebook and pen

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