July 21, 2014

Lace Faced

Edward Steichen and Mert & MarcusTo 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 suspended a piece of black lace directly between Swanson and the camera, capturing what he later referred to in his biography as “her look of a leopardess lurking behind leafy shrubbery, watching her prey.”  For Interview Magazine’s September 2011 issue, photographer duo Mert & Marcus shot a widowed Anne Hathaway veiled in black lace. Although more prey than predator, Hathaway’s lace covered visage bears semblance to that of Swanson’s in Steichen’s famous portrait.

Gloria Swanson by Edward Steichen, 1924

Gloria Swanson by Edward Steichen, 1924


Anne Hathway by Mert & Marcus, Interview September, 2011

Anne Hathaway by Mert & Marcus, Interview September, 2011

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  1. L.A. Pomeroy

    August 2, 2014 at 10:32 am


    Great description of Swanson. ♡ your posts
  2. Pret A Porter P

    August 4, 2014 at 9:13 pm


    Also the 2011 image reminds me of the album cover of Madonna's Erotica.
  3. Loanemu

    October 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm


    Really enjoyed this article post.Much thanks again. Really Great.

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