"Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011," is an artistic survey of the genre's evolution from commercial medium to highbrow study, from magazines to online. The collection's timeline runs through all the key moments of both fashion and history: the Great Depression, WWII, Hollywood's Golden Age, the sexual revolution, ready-to-wear, supermodels, grunge and social media. And the more than 160 images on display — as well as costumes, illustrations, magazine covers, videos and ad campaigns — were taken by iconic names like Man Ray, Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts and Peter Lindbergh, in addition to lesser-known photographers, such as Inez & Vinoodh.
Fashion photography isn't just about selling clothes and pretty faces. The Getty Museum's latest exhibit,