February 1, 2013

Mirror Mirror

Helmut Newton and Giampaolo Sgura

Transgressive German photographer Helmut Newton, established a prolific body of work in his signature voyeuristic style which changed the landscape of 20th-century fashion photography. Much of his work stemmed from the New Objectivity movement born in the hedonistic Weimar Republic of the photographer’s ...

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January 31, 2013

Put a Ring on it

Padaung Woman and Daphne Guinness

Perhaps making a comment on her willingness to sacrifice herself in the name of fashion, costume collector and heiress Daphne Guinness accessorized with a neck coil much like the brass wires worn by the Padaung women along the Thai and Burmese border. The origins of this body modification practice are unknown and ...

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January 30, 2013

A Man and His Muse(s)

Milton Greene and Steven Meisel

In a 1960 September Issue of Life Magazine, Milton Greene photographed designer Norman Norell proudly standing amongst his muses: models dressed in his signature sequined sheath gowns along with the Marchesa Luisa Casati, portrayed in Kees van Dongen’s 1921 painting, “The Quai, Venice.” Norell owned the ...

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January 29, 2013

A Room with a View

Horst P. Horst and Steven Meisel

Under the direction of Diana Vreeland at Vogue, German photographer Horst P. Horst began photographing high society within their living spaces throughout the 60s. Horst photographed fashion designer, writer and International Best Dressed Hall of Famer, Pauline de Rothschild, peeking into her whimsical Parisan bedroom on ...

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January 27, 2013

Proud as a Peacock

Alexander McQueen and Jany Temime

Housed at the FIDM Museum, Alexander McQueen’s Peacock Dress exemplifies the designer’s ability to incorporate historic symbolism and reference past modes of dress to create a final garment that is cutting edge and culturally relevant to our contemporary eyes. The Peacock Dress belonged to McQueen’s ...

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