There’s nothing more fascinating than a picture that captures the essence of fashion. From magazine spreads being hand-illustrated to the early years of photography where they would shoot portraits of models, actors and the aristocrats, we’ve come a long way. Only with the rise of design labels like Chanel, Lanvin and Balenciaga to name a few did conceptual fashion photography take it’s true form. The world of fashion has seen various talented photographers who have used light, colour and their lens to create nothing short of magic.

One the occasion of World Photography Day, we asked leading photographer Joy Datta to tell us his five favourite fashion photography moments of all time.

Norman Parkinson for Vogue, shot in India

Irving Penn

Irving Penn for Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake

Steven Klein for Alexander McQueen

Kate Moss McQueen

Mert & Marcus for Vogue, with Kate Moss

Mert & Marcus

Peter Lindbergh , Natalia Vodianova in Beijing Romance

Vogue China