July 18, 2013

Play With Fire

RIchard Avedon and Mario Testino

In 1952, Revlon introduced their striking Fire and Ice campaign photographed by Richard Avedon. Starring Dorian Leigh, the ad debuted the cosmetic brand’s latest pairings of matching “lips and tips” shades for those women “who love to flirt with fire…who dare to skate on ice.” Set against writer Kay Daly’s ...

Share on FacebookPin it on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Twitter
Continue reading...
July 17, 2013

Apple of My Eye

Rene Magritte and Tim Walker

Belgian artist René Magritte toyed with perspective and reality, creating surreal works through real, ordinary settings and mundane objects. The apple had a lingering presence within Magritte’s oeuvre, as did the suit-clad man topped with a bowler hat.  In his 1964 work The Son of Man, the painter depicted a ...

Share on FacebookPin it on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Twitter
Continue reading...
July 15, 2013

Channeling Chanel

Steven Meisel and Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

Considered somewhat of an enigma in the fashion industry, photographer Steven Meisel is notorious for abstaining from interviews and shying away from the camera, unless of course, he is behind the lens. In 1988, Meisel shot his first cover for Vogue Italia, beginning a long relationship with the magazine– ...

Share on FacebookPin it on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Twitter
Continue reading...
July 12, 2013

Driving Shoes

Beth Levine and Prada

Foot-model cum shoe designer Beth Levine is considered one of the most influential footwear designers of the 20th century. Although her name is somewhat forgotten, Levine’s impact on fashion was immense, unlike her size-4 foot. Designing under her husband’s name, Herbert Levine, Beth’s designs were conceptual and ...

Costume   ::   0 Comment
Share on FacebookPin it on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Twitter
Continue reading...
July 11, 2013

Sister Act

John Singer Sargent and Cecil Beaton

At the turn of the century, high society would clamor for a portrait by John Singer Sargent, however, this was preceeded by a brief period in which the painter was thought an unsafe choice after his controversial portrait of Madame X in 1883-84. Moving from Paris to London facilitated in Sargent’s transition ...

Share on FacebookPin it on PinterestShare on TumblrShare on Twitter
Continue reading...