During the Sixties and Seventies, Horst P. Horst’s extraordinarily stylish photographs of the homes of international high society were one of the hallmarks of Vogue and of Diana Vreeland’s new editorial line, after she took over the magazine in 1963.
Horst’s rather opulent and classical photographs perfectly chronicled that world and gave continuity to Vogue readers at a time when Vreeland was trying to create a more contemporary and streamlined publication that could speak to the younger generations without losing its historical ties with the jet set.
Karl Lagerfeld, Gianni and Marella Agnelli, Cy and Tatiana Twombly, Calvin Klein, the Counts Brandolini d’Adda, Countess Pauline de Rothschild, pictured in their homes, are some of the protagonists of these images, which constitute an extremely powerful aesthetic statement from an elite fully conscious of its own role and lifestyle.
In 1968 Vogue published a book containing a selection of Horst’s most important photos to date (Book of Houses, Gardens, People). Now impossible to get hold of, the book chronicles an important part of the history of the taste and lifestyles of the period, which is why publishers Abrams & Chronicle Books have decided to republish it in a larger and fuller edition. Around that Time – Horst at Home in Vogue contains a much more extensive selection of photographs than the 1968 version and, in particular, features the splendid articles by Valentine Lawford – writer and partner of Horst P. Horst – that accompanied the Vogue photographs.
Full information on the publication can be found here: www.abramsandchronicle.co.uk/books/architecture-and-interiors/9781419722240-around-that-time
Around That Time: Horst at Home in Vogue di Valentine Lawford and Ivan Shaw. Photos by Horst P. Horst, Abrams 2016.