Feb 24

50 Shades of Glasses

The album art of John Lennon’s 1974 record “Walls and Bridges” featured an image of the artist’s multi-bespectacled face, photographed by Bob Gruen. The over-accessorized pic riffed on Lennon’s ever-present round specs. For Elle Italia‘s April 2011 issue, photographer Alexei Hay showcased the season’s ...

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Feb 20

Ride A Wave

With a background in reportage and sports photography, Hungarian photographer Martin Munkacsi became a pioneer in active, candid-style fashion photography.  Ca. 1929, Munkacsi captured a motorcyclist in Budapest splashing his way through a puddle; the image typified the photographer’s dynamic images so full of life. ...

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Feb 18

Extra Extra

It would seem the cultural impact of Steven Spielberg’s 1982 film ET knows no bounds, apparent even in the realm of fashion. For the fourth issue of Carine Roitfeld’s fledgling magazine CR Fashion Book, the 80s flick directly inspired the editorial “E.T. A Tale of Friendship and Loss,” photographed by Sebastian ...

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Feb 12

Make a Splash

Jean Paul Gaultier’s 2009 SS campaign featured a denim-clad couple soaking in a bathtub. For Love Magazine’s SS 2013 issue, photographer duo Mert and Marcus also took to the tub when photographing Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss and Chloe Moretz.   Jean Paul- Gaultier Jeans SS 2009 Ad     Cara Delevingne by Mert and ...

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Feb 05

Wing It

In 1956, Cecil Beaton costumed the debut broadway production of My Fair Lady, which would earn the prolific photographer and costumer designer a Tony for Best Costume Design. Two years later, Beaton would design the costumes for another — this time on-screen — musical, Gigi. Both musicals were rag-to-riches tales ...

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Feb 03

Smoke and Mirrors

German photographer Erwin Blumenfeld’s Dada background is evident in his collage-like images and photographic manipulations. In 1943, Blumenfeld would place model Lisette behind a full-length panel of fluted glass, photographing her rippled, fragmented silhouette. In 2012, photographer duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott ...

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Jan 21

An Arm and A Leg

A year after Yves Saint Laurent debuted his Mondrian-inspired shift dresses, the designer continued his appropriation of art into fashion with his Fall/Winter 1966-67 “Pop Art” dresses. This crop of dresses featured fragmented silhouettes of the female figure printed atop columnar shaped gowns, perhaps suggesting the ...

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Jan 20

Lady Godiva

Society takes peculiar measures when burdened with high taxes: Some throw tea into the harbor while others take to touring the town on horseback in the nude. The latter, of course, being the method employed by Lady Godiva, the 11th-century noblewomen whose husband would only relinquish the oppressive taxes he imposed on his ...

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Jan 13

Showers and Flowers

For Numero’s June/July edition, photography duo Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello would dip model Coco Rocha into a bathtub, brightly colored flowers swirling around her, afloat in the bath water.  Appearing ethereal and weightless, Rocha resembles a Gustav Klimt mermaid. Nearly a year later, ...

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Jan 08

With Open Arms

Showcasing the president’s popularity in the entertainment world, Esquire magazine’s June 1969 cover featured the newly elected President Nixon along with his celebrity backers including Art Linkletter, Billy Graham, Rudy Vallee & Lawrence Welk. The men pictured stand with welcoming arms, wide open with optimism as ...

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