July 9, 2013

Raise your Eyebrow

Elsa Schiaparelli and Ellen Christine Millinery

Iconoclast designer Elsa Schiaparelli is most remembered for infusing a sense of wit and irony into her designs. The House of Schiaparelli did not cease to exist during the occupation of Paris, however, during this period Schiaparelli herself was in New York and left the designing to her associates who remained in Paris. In ...

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July 8, 2013

Make A Point

Winklepicker and Underground

From 1300-1450, the Poulaine style shoe, which featured an exaggerated caricature-like point, was in vogue for nearly 150 years. The extreme tips were often stuffed with miscellaneous findings in order to maintain a shaped point, which extended far beyond the end of the wearer’s foot. The Poulaine shoe would fall ...

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July 5, 2013

Body Art

Horst P. Horst and Tyen

Vogue’s June 1st, 1940 issue, dedicated to swimwear styles of the season, featured model Lisa Fonssagrives dressed for the beach and positioning her body to form the letter “V” for Vogue. Photographed by German photographer Horst P. Horst, the image incorporates elements of surrealism and dadaism, both ...

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July 4, 2013

Out to Lunch

Edouard Manet and Inez & Vinoodh

Originally titled Le Bain, Edouard Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe or Luncheon on the Grass, was debuted in 1863 to rather mixed reviews ranging from laughter to outrage. Although Manet’s titillating picnic scene was in reference to Titian’s 16th-century painting Concert champêtre, which ...

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July 2, 2013

Under the Table

Irving Penn and Steven Meisel

While on assignment 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 ...

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