August 18, 2015

Cut to the Chaise

Horst and Karl Lagerfeld

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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August 10, 2015

Parrot-fashion

Helmut Newton and Patrick Demarchelier

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. In 1985, the photographer would capture Elizabeth Taylor’s self-professed love affair with jewelry as she bathed in a Los Angeles pool ...

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July 24, 2015

Bubble Boy

Melvin Sokolsky and Annie Leibovitz

Often looking to the surreal, Melvin Sokolsky would play with proportion, perspective and pre-photoshop trickery in his fashion photography. Known for his series of bubble girls hovering about Paris, Sokolsky drew inspiration from Hieronymus Bosch’s fantastical painting, The Garden of Earthly Delights which ...

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January 3, 2015

Drown Out

John Everett Millais and Steven Meisel

As one of the three founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, John Everett Millais, would create some of the most well-known imagery of the Pre-Raphaelite movement which looked to Quattrocento or 15th-century Italian art. Shakespeare often served as inspiration to the Pre-Raphaelites as seen in Millais’ 1851-52 ...

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October 12, 2014

Pearly Whites

Mert and Marcus and Mario Sorrenti

Mia Farrow graced the cover of People’s inaugural issue on March 4, 1974 which announced the elfin actress’s forthcoming role as the Daisy Buchanan opposite Robert Redford as Gatsby. To celebrate the magazine’s 40th anniversary, People enlisted the chameleonic Taylor Swift to recreate Farrow’s ...

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August 22, 2014

In Hot Water

Mert and Marcus and Mario Sorrenti

For Love Magazine’s SS 2013 issue, photographer duo Mert and Marcus took to the tub when photographing Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss and Chloe Moretz. A year later, Cara appears as the face for Tom Ford’s Black Orchid fragrance campaign. In line with the brand’s ever-racy ads, the British model soaks nude in a ...

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July 21, 2014

Lace Faced

Edward Steichen and Mert & Marcus

To commemorate her transition out of silent films and into talkies, Edward Steichen photographed American actress Gloria Swanson in 1924. A pioneer in the field of fashion photography, Steichen would build a prolific body of work capturing the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age. In Swanson’s portrait, Steichen ...

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June 23, 2014

Surf the Net

Herb Ritts and Gian Paolo Barbieri

The beach was a frequent mise-en-scène for Herb Ritts photographs, which often featured nude, sometimes gowned, statuesque women emerging from the ocean or sprawled out amongst the sand. In 1987, Herb–short for Herbert–would photograph Danish model Brigitte Nielsen on a beach in Malibu. Swathed in a ...

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June 16, 2014

Strike Gold

6.15 Deborah Turbeville and Nicholas Kern

Fashion Editor turned photographer Deborah Turbeville, who recently passed this last October, is remembered for her grainy, soft-focused images that depicted and above all celebrated women. Ultra-femme with an underlying darkness, Turbeville’s work would make its way into the pages of Mademoiselle and Vogue by the ...

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June 2, 2014

Well Heeled

David Bailey and Terry Richardson

Long before Terry Richardson’s overt, unabashedly sexy and borderline-pornographic photographs, were those by David Bailey, Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin. Employing sex as a shock-factor in fashion photography is not a recent phenomena and evident in the work of even the most unsuspecting photographers throughout ...

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