How the Leopard Got Its Spots
Although his work often made up the pages of Vogue, William Klein rejected the label of fashion photographer, perceiving the association limiting and misrepresentative. Klein was also a painter, filmmaker and photographer with a somewhat cynical view of fashion; in 1966, Klein’s would famously satirize the cult of fashion in his film Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo. In spite of this, Klein would go on to produce remarkable fashion imagery. For Vogue‘s July, 1 1967 issue, Klein would photograph the self-proclaimed ”exotic” model Veruschka alongside a chained cheetah to showcase two trends of the season: chains and animal skins. For Vogue Latin America‘s June 2013 issue, photographer Nagi Sakai celebrated the German model’s career by restaging several of her most well-known images with model Mirte Maas.