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Title

Untitled (Fashion queue with masked child)


Artist

Laurence Le Guay

Australia

25 Dec 1916 - 02 Feb 1990


About

‘Untitled (fashion queue with masked child)’ is one of Le Guay’s most famous images, demonstrating his flair in finding witty and original ways of showcasing fashion. The photograph was part of a campaign for the wool manufacturer Villawool, and appeared under the caption, ‘Villawool goes to town’. Shot at a city bus stop, the queue parodies the line-up of the catwalk parade and also plays on the idea of the fashionable woman ‘being seen’ about town. Le Guay’s constructive and amusing approach contrasts models with children playing, businessmen and ordinary working women.

© Art Gallery of New South Wales Photography Collection Handbook, 2007


Details


Date

1960


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph, vintage


Dimensions

32.0 x 56.3 cm image/sheet


Signature & date

Signed c. verso, ink "Le Guay". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1978


Location

Not on display


Accession number

123.1978


Artist information

Laurence Le Guay

Works in the collection

23


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 9 publications

Bibliography


Judy Annear, Discipline and Beauty - women, fashion, photography, Sydney, 1997. no catalogue numbers

Robyn Daw (Curator), Architects of Glamour + Masters of Style: Excerpts from a Century of Fashion Photography, 2003. no catalogue numbers

Alexandra Joel, Parade: The story of fashion in Australia, Pymble, 1998, cover and frontispiece (illus.). This text was initially published in 1984 by Collins, titled "Best dressed".

Ewen McDonald, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 59 (illus.).

Robert McFarlane, Critic's Choice, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers

Gael Newton, Silver and Grey - Fifty Years of Australian Photography 1900-1950, 1980. plate no. 117

Wendy Symonds (Editor), Look, Heidelberg, Jul 1998, 23 (illus.).

Nicola Teffer, Photography: Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection, 'Fashion and celebrity', pg.169-187, Sydney, 2007, 171 (illus.), 182 (illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Australian financial review, The AFR solves an art gallery mystery, Sydney, 1998, 51 (illus.).