No Title (Fashion illustration. Model Patricia Tuckwell)
No Title (Fashion illustration. Model Patricia Tuckwell) 1949
gelatin silver photograph
39.8 x 28.8 cm
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of The Ian Potter Foundation, Governor, 1989
National Gallery of Victoria
This elegant photograph shows the clean lines of Dior's dress to wonderful effect. A reference to internationalism is neatly suggested by Shmith who shows the model holding an illustration of another model in a baroque French interior. However, unlike the lushness of the illustration, Shmith's photograph has a pared down quality that draws the viewer's attention to the distinctively lean shape of the dress.