Follow the works of early masters and major contemporary players, and you will see a range of techniques. Portraiture and documentary styles offer an intimate snapshot of reality, whereas staged and digital manipulation succeed at creating imagery that couldn’t naturally exist. The best of both push boundaries, question how we look at clothing and relate it back to ourselves.
Below, a selection of unforgettable fashion photographs – unusual, iconic, raw, beautiful – that have never left us.
Tim Walker for Vogue UK, 2011; featuring Agyness Deyn
Juergen Teller, 1998; featuring Kate Moss
Bharat Sikka for Vogue India, 2007; featuring Lily Cole
Viviane Sassen for AnOther Magazine, 2012
Helmut Newton for Vogue Italy, 1982
Guy Bourdin, 1987
Jamie Hawkesworth, 2010
Prasad Naik for Marie Claire India, 2014
Ryan McGinley for W Magazine, 2007; featuring Kate Moss
Inez and Vinoodh for Vogue Paris, 2015
Richard Avedon for Vogue Italy, 1993; featuring Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell
Nick Knight for SHOWstudio, 2003