Untitled (Fashion queue with masked child)
Laurence Le Guay
25 Dec 1916 - 02 Feb 1990
‘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
gelatin silver photograph, vintage
32.0 x 56.3 cm image/sheet
Signature & date
Signed c. verso, ink "Le Guay". Not dated.
Not on display
Referenced in 9 publications
Robert McFarlane, Critic's Choice, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers
Nicola Teffer, Photography: Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection, 'Fashion and celebrity', pg.169-187, Sydney, 2007, 171 (illus.), 182 (illus.).
Discipline and Beauty - women, fashion, photography, Sydney, 1997. no catalogue numbers
Architects of Glamour + Masters of Style: Excerpts from a Century of Fashion Photography, 2003. no catalogue numbers
AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 59 (illus.).
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".
Look, Heidelberg, Jul 1998, 23 (illus.).
The Australian financial review, The AFR solves an art gallery mystery, Sydney, 1998, 51 (illus.).
Silver and Grey - Fifty Years of Australian Photography 1900-1950, 1980. plate no. 117