January 14, 2013

Junon

Christian Dior and Zuhair Murah

Christian Dior’s Junon gown from the designer’s 1949 collection, which also featured gowns by the names of Venus and Hera, is constructed with a skirt of beaded ombré petals resembling peacock feathers, a bird possessing classical symbolism through its associations with the Queen of the Olympians. The ball ...

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January 14, 2013

Down the Rabbit Hole

Erwin Blumenfeld and Guy Bourdin

German photographer Erwin Blumenfeld’s Dada background is evident in his collage-like images and photographic manipulations. Blumenfeld’s Nude in Stockings, 1945 can be viewed as a precursor to the work of French photographer Guy Bourdin. Bourdin ‘s Spring 1979 campaign would become one of his most ...

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January 14, 2013

Sun Bleached

John Rawlings and Steven Meisel

Featured in the June 1, 1941 issue of Vogue, John Rawlings photographed summer bathing suit fashions in his signature quintessentially American and low-frill style. Missoni’s Spring/Summer 2009 campaign by Steven Meisel features a comparable birdseye view of the sunbathers Natasha Poly, Danny Schwarz, Mat Gordon ...

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January 13, 2013

Umbrella Weather

Martin Munkasci and Richard Avedon

With a background in reportage and sports photography, Hungarian photographer Martin Munkasci became a pioneer in active, candid-style fashion photography. Puddle Jumper by Munkasci was published in Harper’s Bazaar in 1934 and has become one of the most recognized images in fashion photography. In 1957, Richard ...

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January 13, 2013

La Vie en Rose

1.13 Irving Penn and Terry Richardson

In accordance with his passion for photographing still lifes and floral vanitas, Irving Penn photographed Shalom Harlow in a floral creation by milliner Philip Treacy and dress by Richard Tyler for Vogue in April 1, 1995. Terry Richardson’s 2012 September Harper’s Bazaar cover features Gwen Stefani topped ...

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