April 26, 2013

Black, White & Red All Over

Irving Penn and Tim WalkerFor the November 1, 1949 issue of VogueIrving Penn photographed wife and model Lisa Fonssagrives, who represented the graceful, mature female fashionable archetype of the period.  The close of WWII marked a return to glamour and a heightened femininity; this shift is exemplified in the magazine cover’s heading “Fashions for a Man’s Eye,” which represents the shift from the empowered wartime woman dressed to serve her country to the new woman who dressed to please the man now back in her life. Often taking cues from images of fashion photography’s past and adding his fantastical twist, photographer Tim Walker recreated Penn’s well-known cover for the editorial “Timeless” in Vogue Italia’s December 2005 issue featuring model Hannelore Knuts. In Walker’s version, a miniature Knuts dressed in a McQueen dress and Moschino cape is seen stepping into the 1949 Vogue cover, quite literally representing a cover girl.

 

Lisa Fonssagrives by Irving Penn, Vogue November 1, 1949

Lisa Fonssagrives by Irving Penn, Vogue November 1, 1949

 

 

Hannelore Knuts by Tim Walker, Vogue Italia December 2005

Hannelore Knuts by Tim Walker, Vogue Italia December 2005

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