May 22, 2014

Change the Chanel

Steven Meisel and Alberto Tommaso Badalamenti

Considered somewhat of an enigma to the fashion industry, photographer Steven Meisel is notorious for abstaining from interviews and shying away from the camera, unless of course, he is behind the lens. In 1988, Meisel shot his first cover for Vogue Italia, beginning a long relationship with the magazine– Meisel ...

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April 28, 2014

Café Society

rving Penn and Mario Testino

In Lima, Peru, Irving Penn would photograph model Jean Patchett on her first Vogue assignment for the editorial, “Flying Down to Lima.” Penn’s well-known image of the then 22-year-old model was reportedly taken candidly, as Patchett awaited the next scene, unknowing of the camera upon her. For Vogue’s May ...

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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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March 25, 2014

Crystal Ball

Chrissy Rutherford and James White

Her December 1992 cover for Harper’s Bazaar was a coup for the young Kate Moss, coming just two years after she debuted on the cover of The Face in 1990. For the holiday-themed cover, Moss holds a festive snow globe, dressed in crimson taffeta; the first of many covers for the budding supermodel. In ...

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March 17, 2014

Framed

Erwin Blumenfled and Tim Walker

Erwin Blumenfeld’s images often teased its viewers through photographic and visual manipulations achieved by reflective surfaces, shadows and duplications. When photographing the soon-to-be Princess of Monaco, Blumenfeld hinted at surrealism by housing Grace Kelly in a life-sized gilded frame, perhaps likening her to ...

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March 3, 2014

Top of the Ladder

George Hoyningen-Huené and Mikael Jansson

At a time when the draped, columnar and classically-inspired dress came into fashion, photography would also follow a neoclassical aesthetic. A major proponent of this photographic style was George Hoyningen-Huené, who often inserted Greek-like columns and classical architectural elements into his ...

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February 27, 2014

Throw In The Towel

Herb Ritts and Mario Testino

Mario Testino has taken to posting a series of instagrams aptly named and hash-tagged #towelseries. Testino has snapping behind-the-scenes photos of his subjects on set, including the likes of Kate Moss, Miranda Kerr and Candice Swanepoel, casual in terrycloth robes and towel-turbans. To promote Taylor’s signature ...

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February 24, 2014

50 Shades of Glasses

Bob Gruen and Alexei Hay

The album art of John Lennon’s 1974 record “Walls and Bridges” featured an image of the artist’s multi-bespectacled face, photographed by Bob Gruen. The over-accessorized pic riffed on Lennon’s ever-present round specs. For Elle Italia‘s April 2011 issue, photographer Alexei Hay showcased the season’s ...

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February 20, 2014

Ride A Wave

Martin Munkacsi and Gianpaolo Barbieri

With a background in reportage and sports photography, Hungarian photographer Martin Munkacsi became a pioneer in active, candid-style fashion photography.  Ca. 1929, Munkacsi captured a motorcyclist in Budapest splashing his way through a puddle; the image typified the photographer’s dynamic images so full of ...

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February 18, 2014

Extra Extra

ET and Sebastian Faena

It would seem the cultural impact of Steven Spielberg’s 1982 film ET knows no bounds, apparent even in the realm of fashion. For the fourth issue of Carine Roitfeld’s fledgling magazine CR Fashion Book, the 80s flick directly inspired the editorial “E.T. A Tale of Friendship and Loss,” photographed ...

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