Jan 25

Put Your Best Face Forward

The disposable paper dress was first introduced in 1966 by the Scott Paper Company. Soon after, pop and graphic artists such as Harry Gordon, began producing garments constructed of the material, including Gordon’s “Mystic Eye” shift dress in 1968. In Lanvin’s SS 2007 show, designer Alber Elbaz sent a 60s shift ...

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Jan 14

Down the Rabbit Hole

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 well-known ...

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Jan 14

Go Bananas

  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. In 2006, Beyonce payed tribute to Baker by sporting her own version of a banana skirt for the ...

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Jan 14

Junon

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 gown, ...

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Jan 14

Madame X, Y & Z

The controversial and widely known John Singer Sargent portrait, Madame X, maintains its intrigue and mystery till this day. The once fallen strap to be later repainted in its rightful position continues to fascinate viewers and has been the subject of multiple recreations. In 1999, Steven Meisel recreated the portrait with ...

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Jan 14

Sun Bleached

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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Jan 14

We’ll Always Have Paris

Erwin Blumenfeld photographed a reportedly unharnessed Lisa Fonssagrives swinging her Lucien Lelong dress off the side of the Eiffel Tower in celebration of the monument’s fiftieth anniversary for French Vogue in 1939.  In August of 2009, the subscriber cover of Harper’s Bazaar shot by Peter Lindbergh portrayed ...

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Jan 13

La Vie en Rose

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 similarly ...

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Jan 13

Umbrella Weather

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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Jan 13

White Hot

Steven Meisel looked to the 1967 film Belle du Jour for Vanity Fair’s December 2008 cover featuring Kate Winselt, describing the actress as “Deneuvely” in her risque ensemble. The 2012 Dior Timepiece campaign shot by Patrick Demarchelier stars Dior spokesmodel Charlize Theron seductively posed in a similar state ...

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