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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July 1, 2013

Sour Grapes

Charles James and Vivienne Westwood

Patron to designer Charles James, heiress Millicent Rogers would often commission pieces by James, however, many of these pieces were more collaboration than commission as the socialite was known to request specific fabrics, colors and silhouettes from the master designer. In 1944, the two worked together to create an ...

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June 27, 2013

Bee-Stung

Irving Penn and Sean+Seng

Irving Penn’s expansive oeuvre is comprised of masterful fashion, celebrity and still-life photography built over an outstanding seven decade career. Towards the end of the photographer’s enduring career, Penn would produce a greater number of beauty shots and still-lifes, such as his 1995 image Bee (A), a variant of ...

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