For the term “fashion photography” exist a lot of different definitions. Microsoft’s Encarta says:
“Fashion photography is the art or practice of taking photographs of models wearing clothes or clothing accessories, especially for fashion magazines.”
(Source: Microsoft Encarta)
This definition is short and incorporates the term “art” which is an attribute most photographers love to describe their work. It is even applicable to the upcoming trend to nudity in fashion photography. Famous fashion magazines like “LOVE” are showing editorials with top models like Natalia Vodianova, Lara Stone or Naomi Campbell in classic nude art manner with less clothes than the bunnies in the playboy magazine. Why is this also fashion photography? Because the models have at least shoes on or some jewelry.