December 14, 2015

Peekaboo

Phil Stern and Nathaniel Goldberg

Most remembered for his portraits of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, Phil Stern’s subjects ranged from soldiers on the warfront to starlets of Hollywood. The year of the Dean’s premature death, Stern photographed the actor peeking out of his sweater, perhaps suggesting Dean’s enigmatic persona. Harper’s ...

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October 18, 2015

Shadow Play

Erwin Blumenfelf and Solve

German photographer Erwin Blumenfeld’s Dada background is evident in his collage-like images and photographic manipulations. Shadows were often used to Blumenfeld’s advantage as illustrated in his c. 1945 image of an unknown model whose presence is sliced through the vertical shades cast upon her. Norwegian-born ...

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August 27, 2015

Second Wind

Sølve Sundsbø and Inez & Vinoodh

“Otherworldly” best describes the aesthetic of Norwegian-born photographer Sølve Sundsbø. A regular contributor to many contemporary fashion publications, Sundsbø garnered much attention for his visual contribution to the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty catalogue. In 2008, Sundsbø photographed Danish ...

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May 11, 2014

Cross Check

Christian Lacroix and Urban Outfitters

Peter Lindbergh’s 1988 November cover for Vogue Magazine (also Anna Wintour’s debut cover) featured a black jacket by Christian Lacroix, encrusted with a Byzantian-like bejeweled cross. The couture jacket, provocatively styled with a pair of the model’s own acid wash jeans–the model being Israeli ...

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February 5, 2014

Wing It

Cecil Beaton and Ulyana Sergeenko

In 1956, Cecil Beaton costumed the debut broadway production of My Fair Lady, which would earn the prolific photographer and costumer designer a Tony for Best Costume Design. Two years later, Beaton would design the costumes for another — this time on-screen — musical, Gigi. Both musicals were rag-to-riches tales ...

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December 13, 2013

Hats Off

Richard Avedon and Giampaolo Sgura

The same year the model would sign an unheard of six-figure annual contract with Revlon, Lauren Hutton was photographed by Richard Avedon for the July 1973 issue of Vogue. Posing for the 1973 cover story “The American Woman Today Part 1,” Lauren Hutton would serve as both the all-American beauty ideal of the ...

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September 30, 2013

Victoriana

Victorion Gown and Marc Jacobs

When it comes to Victorian design, less was not more but rather quite the opposite. Fashion design, textiles, and decorative arts of the period followed a busy, multi-media-like aesthetic that reflected the era’s booming and increasingly industrialized society. The more is more philosophy was also employed by Marc Jacobs ...

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September 9, 2013

B(elle) de Jour

Herb Ritts and Bryan Adams

Originally an homage to a Brigitte Bardot photo by Ghislain Dussart, Herb Ritts’s 1994 photograph of a scantly clad Elle Macpherson at age 30 was recreated just one year shy of the model’s 50th birthday for Harper’s Bazaar Australia August, 2013. A reaction to the media’s search for nude ...

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September 4, 2013

Out the Window

Hitchcock and Norman Jean Roy

Hitchcock’s sartorial focus, in addition to the beautiful Hitchcock blondes cast as leading ladies, make his films an obvious source for fashion inspiration. In 2008, Vanity Fair dedicated their March issue to the director, paying homage to several of his films. Photographed by Norman Jean Roy, 11 scenes from Hitchcock ...

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August 1, 2013

A Close Shave

Jean-Paul Goude and Fabrizio Ferri

In the midst of the second wave of feminism, famed Esquire Art Diretor George Lois questioned gender roles, playfully conjuring up the vision of a beautiful woman, lathered up in shaving cream, razor in hand. Photographer Jean-Paul Goude was appointed to execute Lois’s vision, starring the Italian Actress Virna Lisi. ...

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