March 29, 2014

Bottoms Up

Bert Stern

Art director and photographer Bert Stern’s images of Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant and Elizabeth Taylor personified the youthful and provocative 1960s. Remembered as one of photography’s finest, Brooklyn-born Stern is most revered for his celebrity and commercial work.  In 1962, Stern photographed actor and social ...

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December 2, 2013

Photo-Booth

Richard Rutledge and Steven Meisel

When compared to his widely recognized contemporaries, Richard Rutledge remains relatively obscure today. Little is known about the slightly enigmatic photographer, however, a fondness for the color red is evident in his countless images that featured cherry-colored lacquered nails and dresses of crimson. True to form, a ...

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November 17, 2013

Mask Out

Man Ray and Jean-Baptiste Mondino

A proponent of the Surrealist and Dada movements, Man Ray would build a prolific body of work as an artist and photographer. In 1926, Man Ray photographed Alice Ernestine Prin, better known as Kiki de Montparnasse, a social fixture of the Parisian bohemian scene of the 20s (and yes, the same Kiki who would later inspire the ...

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September 23, 2013

Nail Down

Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari and Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari

After Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan paired with photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari for W Magazine’s 2009 Art Issue, the couple decided to continue the collaboration, founding ToiletPaper Magazine the following year. Under the art direction of Micol Talso, the biannual ToiletPaper magazine is entirely ...

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September 20, 2013

The Final Curtain

Phil Stern and Hedi Slimane

Following Man Ray’s lead, Philippe Halsman was a proponent of surreal photography with his elaborately orchestrated surreal scenes. Most remembered for his portraits of Albert Einstein and fellow surrealist Salvador Dalí, the Latvian-born Halsman would also photograph contemporary fashion. In 1947, Halsman would ...

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August 12, 2013

Tower Above Them All

8.6 Erwin Blumenfeld and Peter Lindbergh

In 1939, Erwin Blumenfeld photographed a reportedly unharnessed Lisa Fonssagrives whose Lucien Lelong dress billowed in the winds atop the Eiffel Tower. The location for the French Vogue photo shoot was strategic, chosen in celebration of the monument’s fiftieth anniversary. Soon after Blumenfeld’s photograph, the ...

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August 5, 2013

An Old Flame

Georges de La Tour and Peter Lippmann

Georges de La Tour revisited the subject of the Penitent Magdalene at least four times throughout his career, all with subtle variations and slight compositional nuances. In La Madeleine à la veilleuse, housed at The Louvre, de La Tour depicted a barefoot Magdalene aglow in the light of the flame in which she ...

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July 29, 2013

Flowers and Perfume

René Gruau and Koto Bolofo

As Artistic Director of Advertising at Christian Dior, Gruau’s illustrations helped to define the beauty ideals of the period, creating imagery of the Dior woman from the inception of the label well into the 70s and 80s. In 1971, Gruau’s campaign for Miss Dior Cherie featured a first-ever male lead, carrying an ...

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July 18, 2013

Play With Fire

RIchard Avedon and Mario Testino

In 1952, Revlon introduced their striking Fire and Ice campaign photographed by Richard Avedon. Starring Dorian Leigh, the ad debuted the cosmetic brand’s latest pairings of matching “lips and tips” shades for those women “who love to flirt with fire…who dare to skate on ice.” Set against writer Kay Daly’s ...

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June 21, 2013

Le Smoke and Mirrors

Helmut Newton and YSL Babydoll

When the miniskirt failed to shock, Algerian born Yves Saint Laurent opted to conceal rather than expose the female figure in his Le Smoking ensemble of 1966. With no flesh on display, the shock-factor would lie in the transgressive gender-bending suit, directly borrowed from menswear and positioning the wearer in a liminal ...

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