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Helmut Newton and Mario Testino

Transgressive German photographer Helmut Newton, established a prolific body of work in his signature voyeuristic style that changed the landscape of 20th-century fashion photography. Intimate friends with model and jewelry designer Elsa Peretti, Newton would often privately photograph her nude. However, Newton did not publish any of these nude photographs at Peretti’s request, who jokingly insisted he wait until the death of her father before they be released. In 1975, Newton did publish an image of Peretti in a playboy bunny ensemble by Halston, set against the backdrop of a gleaming New York skyline. For the May 2009 issue of Vanity Fair, Mario Testino photographed Gisele Bündchen similarly perched atop the Plaza Hotel in a black leotard.

Elsa Peretti in a Halston ‘Bunny’ costume by Helmut Newton, 1975

Elsa Peretti in a Halston ‘Bunny’ costume by Helmut Newton, 1975

Gisele Bündchen by Mario Testino, Vanity Fair, May 2009

Gisele Bündchen by Mario Testino, Vanity Fair, May 2009

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