July 21, 2014

Lace Faced

Edward Steichen and Mert & Marcus

To commemorate her transition out of silent films and into talkies, Edward Steichen photographed American actress Gloria Swanson in 1924. A pioneer in the field of fashion photography, Steichen would build a prolific body of work capturing the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age. In Swanson’s portrait, Steichen ...

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June 23, 2014

Surf the Net

Herb Ritts and Gian Paolo Barbieri

The beach was a frequent mise-en-scène for Herb Ritts photographs, which often featured nude, sometimes gowned, statuesque women emerging from the ocean or sprawled out amongst the sand. In 1987, Herb–short for Herbert–would photograph Danish model Brigitte Nielsen on a beach in Malibu. Swathed in a ...

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June 16, 2014

Strike Gold

6.15 Deborah Turbeville and Nicholas Kern

Fashion Editor turned photographer Deborah Turbeville, who recently passed this last October, is remembered for her grainy, soft-focused images that depicted and above all celebrated women. Ultra-femme with an underlying darkness, Turbeville’s work would make its way into the pages of Mademoiselle and Vogue by the ...

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June 2, 2014

Well Heeled

David Bailey and Terry Richardson

Long before Terry Richardson’s overt, unabashedly sexy and borderline-pornographic photographs, were those by David Bailey, Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin. Employing sex as a shock-factor in fashion photography is not a recent phenomena and evident in the work of even the most unsuspecting photographers throughout ...

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May 26, 2014

Cat’s Out of the Bag

Tokio Kumagaï and Charlotte Olympia

Before launching his own collection in 1981, Japanese-born Tokio Kumagaï attended the Bunka College of Fashion (where Kenzo and Issey Miyake would also matriculate) and soon after began designing footwear for Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre d’Alby. For his eponymous label, Kumagaï went beyond the expected, ...

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