From 23rd September 2023 the Museum Ludwig presents the exhibition Material und Mode (> Material and Fashion) in honour of Walde Huth (1923-2011). She worked with textiles and fabrics throughout her life as a photographer. Starting with commissions for the velvet factory Gottlieb Ott Sohn in the early 1950s, among others, she made the leap to becoming a fashion photographer of international designers of the “New Look” such as Christian Dior or Jacques Fath.
For three years, 1953 to 1956, she traveled to Paris, Florence, and Rome, photographing the latest collections for German magazines. Her models were the star mannequins of their day; she rarely had them pose in luxurious settings, but instead in the city, surrounded by passersby. “I didn’t need that, those backdrops from the locality,” she later said, when she was photographing evening gowns just not in the …
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Image above: Walde Huth, Lucky wearing a dress by Dior, Paris, 1955, Museum Ludwig, © Heringson Collectibles, Wuppertal Reproduction: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Cologne