Feb 08

Memory Like an Elephant

Richard Avedon helped to define the post WWII woman with his imagery of impossibly elegant women, theatrically posed within Avedon’s signature theatric narrative style. Dovima with Elephants is one of Avedon’s most well-known photographs featuring the model Dovima dressed in Dior at the Cirque d’Hiver of 1955 in ...

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Feb 07

Masked Beauty

At a time when photography was considered more mechanical than artistic, photographer and artist Edward Steichen strove to elevate fashion photography to the level of a fine art. Steichen began his career shooting images in a pictorialist manner in 1902, and eventually evolved his style to a heightened realism; however, ...

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Feb 05

To Catch a Thief

A profile on George Clooney in Vanity Fair’s  November, 2006 issue likened the actor to those of Hollywood’s past, portraying Clooney as a modern day Gregory Peck, James Stewart or Cary Grant. To accompany this comparison, photographer Norman Jean Roy, who often looks to Old Hollywood for inspiration, photographed ...

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Feb 04

Birds of a Feather

This peculiar scarf and muff set, housed at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, represents the fashionable use of birds in 19th-century dress, which often featured bird components of feather plumes or a bird used in its entirety as seen here. The accessory set is also thought to draw attention to the ...

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Feb 01

Mirror Mirror

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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Jan 31

Put a Ring on it

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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Jan 30

A Man and His Muse(s)

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 portait of ...

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Jan 29

A Room with a View

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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Jan 27

Proud as a Peacock

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 FW 2008 ...

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Jan 26

Message in a Bottle

Known for his daring, high shock value aesthetic, Guy Bourdin would often photograph scantily dressed models in provocative poses and environments. Terry Richardson undoubtedly looked to Bourdin for inspiration with a strategically placed fragrance bottle in the 2007 fragrance campaign for Tom Ford. Guy Bourdin, C. 1970 ...

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