Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage

1990
Artist Herb Ritts (American, 1952–2002)


Dimensions

Image/Sheet/Mount: 137.2 x 109.2 cm (54 x 43 in.) Framed: 144.5 x 116.5 x 5.1 cm (56 7/8 x 45 7/8 x 2 in.)

Accession Number

2000.854

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

The American photographer Herb Ritts produced a body of work in the 1980s and 1990s that seems to embody the outdoor lifestyle and glamour of the southern California beautiful set. This photograph, taken at El Mirage Dry Lake in California, appeared on the cover of Italian designer Gianni Versace’s September 1990 catalogue and incorporates a formalism and contemporary sensuality characteristic of Ritts’s aesthetic. Ritts’s photograph appeals through its boldly contrasting lights and darks.

Provenance

The artist; gift to MFA, September 20, 2000.

Credit Line

Gift of Herb Ritts

Copyright

© Herb Ritts Foundation