Gertrude Stein at Balmain fashion show

Horst P. Horst (1906–1999)
Gelatin silver print, 1946
Courtesy Horst P. Horst Estate, Miami

Designer Pierre Balmain arranged for Stein to wear his clothes and sit for his friend Horst P. Horst, a young fashion photographer. Horst photographed Stein over two days, first at Balmain’s studio, where she wore a heavy tweed coat and sat like Friar Tuck, her dog Basket at her side, meeting a glamorous model dressed in a Balmain ball gown.