Leah Gouget-Levy

PhD student

Thesis:The Séeberger frères’ ‘reportage photographique de mode’, 1919-1939: temporality and experience in early twentieth century fashion photography

Supervised by Dr Rebecca Arnold

Funded by the

Between 1909 and 1939, the Séeberger frères, photographers based in Paris, documented high fashion as it was worn by society figures and celebrities. Originally published in magazines, over 37,000 images are preserved in the Bibliothèque nationale de France. This extensive archive of early fashion photography has received remarkably little scholarly attention, yet it offers a rich resource with which to explore themes of fashion and fashion photography in 20thcentury modernity.

Through analysis of the Séeberger work, this project explores the relationship between fashion and time. Key questions that it tackles include: What is the nature of the temporality of fashion? How is this represented and experienced through photography?


2016 MA History of Art: Documenting Fashion, ǿմý (Distinction)

2014 BA (Hons) History of Art, University College London (First Class)


2017-2020Doctoral Studentship, Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East England

2015-2016Michael G. Wilson Scholarship, ǿմý

Research Interests

  • Fashion Photography
  • Time and Temporality
  • ‘Street Style’ Fashion Photography
  • Early Twentieth Century Fashion

Conferences and Publications

2019, Associate Editor,Immediations: ǿմý Journal of Postgraduate Research

2018,‘F󾱴DzԾԲLe Bonheur’, in a limited edition publication for The Experimental Library: Agnès Varda, Café OTO and Curzon

2018 ‘Temporality’ Panel Chair,Wording Art History, Postgraduate Colloquium at ǿմý, 17 March 2018

2018 Addressing Images Chair, Public Discussion Group Seminar, ǿմý Research Forum, January and June 2018

2017‘Nothing changes yet everything changes. Temporality and couture in La Mode rêvée (1939): a Bergsonian analysis’, inImmediations: ǿմý Journal of Postgraduate Research,volume 4, number 2


2018/19 Associate Lecturer, BA and MA History of Dress, ǿմý

2018/19 Teaching Assistant, BA Frameworks for Interpretation, ǿմý

2017 Visiting Lecturer, BA and MA History of Dress, ǿմý