Oct 24

Banana Dance

A pioneer for African American women, Josephine Baker is commonly associated with her seductive banana dance performance at the Folies Bergère, costumed in a skimpy skirt constructed with a string of artificial bananas. Miley Cyrus would follow suit in a banana skirt lookalike, sporting the provocative ensemble almost a ...

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Oct 12

Pearly Whites

Mia Farrow graced the cover of People’s inaugural issue on March 4, 1974 which announced the elfin actress’s forthcoming role as the Daisy Buchanan opposite Robert Redford as Gatsby. To celebrate the magazine’s 40th anniversary, People enlisted the chameleonic Taylor Swift to recreate Farrow’s Gatsby-inspired ...

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Aug 22

In Hot Water

For Love Magazine’s SS 2013 issue, photographer duo Mert and Marcus took to the tub when photographing Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss and Chloe Moretz. A year later, Cara appears as the face for Tom Ford’s Black Orchid fragrance campaign. In line with the brand’s ever-racy ads, the British model soaks nude in a tub with ...

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Aug 20

Rise to the Challenge

The oeuvre of milliner extraordinaire Stephen Jones contains hats both wearable and conceptual. His 1993 acrylic headpiece, cleverly titled “wash ‘n’ go,” simulates the look of splashed water atop the wearer’s head. Charity, not fashion, is the reason many celebrities are partaking in the wash n’ go look this ...

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Aug 06

Take Note

Iconoclast designer Elsa Schiaparelli is most remembered for infusing a sense of wit and irony into her designs through surreal touches. Schiaparelli’s Fall 1939 music-themed collection celebrated music, quite literally, with drum-shaped button closures, embroidered musical notes and music boxes designed into belts and ...

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Jul 21

Lace Faced

To commemorate her transition out of silent films and into talkies, Edward Steichen photographed American actress Gloria Swanson in 1924. A pioneer in the field of fashion photography, Steichen would build a prolific body of work capturing the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age. In Swanson’s portrait, Steichen ...

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Jun 23

Surf the Net

The beach was a frequent mise-en-scène for Herb Ritts photographs, which often featured nude, sometimes gowned, statuesque women emerging from the ocean or sprawled out amongst the sand. In 1987, Herb–short for Herbert–would photograph Danish model Brigitte Nielsen on a beach in Malibu. Swathed in a fisherman’s net, ...

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Jun 16

Strike Gold

Fashion Editor turned photographer Deborah Turbeville, who recently passed this last October, is remembered for her grainy, soft-focused images that depicted and above all celebrated women. Ultra-femme with an underlying darkness, Turbeville’s work would make its way into the pages of Mademoiselle and Vogue by the ...

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Jun 02

Well Heeled

Long before Terry Richardson’s overt, unabashedly sexy and borderline-pornographic photographs, were those by David Bailey, Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin. Employing sex as a shock-factor in fashion photography is not a recent phenomena and evident in the work of even the most unsuspecting photographers throughout history. ...

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May 26

Cat’s Out of the Bag

Before launching his own collection in 1981, Japanese-born Tokio Kumagaï attended the Bunka College of Fashion (where Kenzo and Issey Miyake would also matriculate) and soon after began designing footwear for Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre d’Alby. For his eponymous label, Kumagaï went beyond the expected, offering ...

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