August 16, 2013

Chaise Lounging Around

Horst P. Horst and Patrick Demarchelier

Under the moniker of Horst P. Horst, German born Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann would photograph the beau monde and Parisian café society of the interwar years. The year Horst would meet Gabrielle Chanel, he took the most memorable and well-known photograph of the fashion designer’s life; an image that came to typify the ...

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July 11, 2013

Sister Act

John Singer Sargent and Cecil Beaton

At the turn of the century, high society would clamor for a portrait by John Singer Sargent, however, this was preceeded by a brief period in which the painter was thought an unsafe choice after his controversial portrait of Madame X in 1883-84. Moving from Paris to London facilitated in Sargent’s transition ...

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June 19, 2013

Cut to the Chaise

Horst P. Horst and Karl Lagerfeld

German born photographer Horst P. Horst built a prolific body of work photographing high society, fashion and architecture for American and French Vogue. The year Horst would meet Gabrielle Chanel, he took the most memorable and well-known image of the fashion designer’s life. Although taken years earlier in 1937, ...

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March 27, 2013

McQueen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth and Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton’s brief (the designer only showed 10 looks due to her taking time off for her pregnancy) yet exquisite show for Alexander McQueen FW 2013 was laden with historical elements of costume and symbolism. In keeping with the design house’s tendency to draw upon historical inspiration, Burton looked ...

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March 19, 2013

Make Like a Tree

Richard Avedon and Peter Lindbergh

Penelope Tree’s beauty is commonly described as otherworldly, she herself referred to her looks as alien-like. The waif of a model embodied the youth-centric culture of the 60s and was often photographed by Richard Avedon, whose imagery of impossibly perfect women of the 50s transitioned to boyish gamines of ...

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February 28, 2013

Her Biggest Fan

Amadeo Modigliani and Peter Lindbergh

Amedeo Modigliani’s modern aesthetic was characterized by his subject’s mask-like faces, which drew inspiration from African art, and his elongated figures. In 1919, Modigliani painted the polish woman Lunia Czechowska, in Woman with a Fan. Two years before the painting was stolen from the Musée ...

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February 18, 2013

Whistleblower

James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Peter Lippmann

Aesthete artist and dandy, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, painted Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1, better known as Whistler’s Mother, in 1871. The portrait or arrangement as Whistler preferred, was not recieved with praise in London at the Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Art in 1872 and only gained its ...

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February 12, 2013

A Frame of Mind

Countess Castiglione and Carmen

A Surrealist sixty years before the movement, the The Countess de Castiglione was considered the most beautiful woman of the Second Empire, mistress to Napoleon III and a constant fixture of society portrait photographer Pierre-Louis Pierson’s work. The Countess was enraptured by her own beauty, taking great delight ...

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January 14, 2013

Madame X, Y & Z

John Singer Sargent and Steven Meisel and Peter Lindeberg

The controversial and widely known John Singer Sargent portrait, Madame X, maintains its intrigue and mystery till this day. The once fallen strap to be later repainted in its rightful position continues to fascinate viewers and has been the subject of multiple recreations. In 1999, Steven Meisel recreated the portrait with ...

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January 12, 2013

The Lady in Red

Kees von dongen & Norman Parkinson

  Kees van Dongen painted The Corn Poppy in 1919, which features the fashionable female of the period sporting cropped hair, thick eye make-up and a red lip. In 1959, English photographer Norman Parkinson payed homage to the fauvist painting with his photograph entitled After van Dongen, published in the November, ...

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