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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June 26, 2013

From Top to Bottom

William Claxton and Michael Thompson

In 1964, 60s designer Rudi Gernreich, debuted his “monokini,” or topless bathing suit, which consisted of a black wool knit suit with suspenders that exposed the breasts. Gernreich’s revealing suit caused a sensation, immortalized by William Claxton’s photograph of Peggy Moffitt modeling the risky look, and ...

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June 24, 2013

Twin Triplets

Horst P Horst and Norman Jean Roy

In 1939, Horst P. Horst photographed models Bettina Bolegard, Helen Bennett and Muriel Maxwell for Vogue‘s November 1st Vanity Issue. Horst would often infuse his imagery with elements of surrealism, playing with perspectives and proportions, as seen in his 1939 birds-eye-view-style cover. In photographing a trio ...

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June 21, 2013

Le Smoke and Mirrors

Helmut Newton and YSL Babydoll

When the miniskirt failed to shock, Algerian born Yves Saint Laurent opted to conceal rather than expose the female figure in his Le Smoking ensemble of 1966. With no flesh on display, the shock-factor would lie in the transgressive gender-bending suit, directly borrowed from menswear and positioning the wearer in a liminal ...

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June 19, 2013

Cut to the Chaise

Horst P. Horst and Karl Lagerfeld

German born photographer Horst P. Horst built a prolific body of work photographing high society, fashion and architecture for American and French Vogue. The year Horst would meet Gabrielle Chanel, he took the most memorable and well-known image of the fashion designer’s life. Although taken years earlier in 1937, ...

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