Continuing their “Year of Fashion” survey, the International Center of Photography opens two haute exhibits today. Avedon Fashion, 1944–2000 encompasses the wide-ranging career of Richard Avedon, who got his start at Harper’s Bazaar at the age of 21. Revolutionizing the way models were photographed, he shot them outside the studio and in motion—sprinting, leaping, rollerskating, you name it—to achieve his signature “Avedon blur.”You’ll see vintage prints, contact sheets, magazine layouts, and archived material of the man whose spirited style of photography inspired the movie Funny Face and the role played by Fred Astaire. David Seidner: Paris Fashions, 1945 is really a treasure of an exhibition: After World War II, to revive interest in the French couture industry, designers—including Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain, and Elsa Schiaparelli—created miniature dresses for dolls and displayed them in a small exhibit titled Theatre de la Mode. Seidner, in 1990, was commissioned to photograph the dolls for a reconstruction of the original exhibition. See 15 of the photos and one of the original wire-frame dolls, standing at a little over two feet tall.

May 15-Sept. 6, 2009