Fashion model, surrealist artist, muse, photographer, war correspondent—Lee Miller defies categorization. Although Miller’s photography has been previously explored, there is now finally a book solely focusing on her fashion photography, Lee Miller in Fashion (Becky E. Conekin, Thames & Hudson, currently £17.96 on Amazon).

Lee Miller was a Vogue cover girl, Man Rays lover, the first photojournalist at the liberation of Dachau and Buchenwald, and one of the most important female photographers of the 20th century.

Combining fine art and urban wit, her photographic technique was learned from the great photographers of her day, among them Edward Steichen, Man Ray and George Hoyningen-Huene. Becky E. Conekins Lee Miller in Fashion gives us a wide lens view on Millers fashion photography.

Set against the fast-changing landscapes of New York, Paris, and London, it reveals a neglected chapter in Millers life: how this incredible woman challenged conventions and broke boundaries in her fashion photography for the leading magazines of the day. Using never-before-seen photographs and archival research, Conekin shows how Millers fashion photographs were a brilliant combination of sharp wit, high art and modernist edge.

Backed up with unseen archive images (practically none of her Forties fashion images have been republished until now), letters and illustrations, Conekin unravels a fascinating story of a woman who dared, who lived her life according to her own rules, without compromise.

It doesn’t really matter whether you are interested in Forties fashion – or fashion in general – or neither, it’s Miller’s life that makes this book so utterly compelling and an absolute must read!

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