January 12, 2013

Mermaid-Style

Irving Penn and Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Regarded for his skill to capture even the slightest sartorial detail, Irving Penn frequently photographed his muse and wife, Lisa Fonssagrives, who represented the beauty ideal of the period now referred to as the golden age of couture. In this photograph published in Vogue’s September 15, 1950 issue, Fonssagrives wears a gown by Rochas, displaying the fashionable hourglass silhouette of the period. Vogue’s September 2012 cover, featuring Lady Gaga shot by Mert Atlas and Marcus Piggott, depicts the singer in a Marc Jacobs gown with a similar silhouette. While the contemporary image bears significant resemblance to Penn’s, it gives off an impression of a hyperreality, perhaps hinting at what the Vogue cover story refers to as Lady Gaga’s ”peculiar relationship with the truth.”

Lisa Fonssagirves by Irving Penn Vogue September 15, 1950

Lisa Fonssagirves by Irving Penn Vogue September 15, 1950

 

Lady Gaga by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Vogue September, 2012

Lady Gaga by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Vogue September, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Comment

  1. Tania

    May 22, 2013 at 11:27 pm

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    So enjoyed reading and looking through your blog, can't wait for the next posts! I always thought art and fashion were inextricably linked ;)

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