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“Fashion Forward: Photographs by Louise Dahl-Wolfe” is a celebration of some really fabulous couture in some equally fabulous locales. While some of the images are clichéd even by the modest standards of fashion photography (a few too many kissy-face poses and models-mimicking-statuary tableaux), Dahl-Wolfe (1895–1989) does, to her credit, take a more adventurous course most of the time: a stoic model admiring a strikingly phallic Brancusi sculpture, a pair of supernumerary poodles cavorting symmetrically around the Eiffel Tower, two models gazing at a duo of seated elephants. One question: With all the gaiety, why doesn’t the exhibit offer any color images from Dahl-Wolfe’s long career with Harper’s Bazaar?
THE EXHIBIT IS ON VIEW MONDAY to SATURDAY, 10 A.M.–5 P.M., AND SUNDAY, NOON–5 P.M., TO AUG. 30 AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS, 1250 NEW YORK AVE. NW. $8–$10. (202) 783-5000.