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Dec 04

Later, Gator

Inspired by Pina Bausch’s Ballet Keuschheitslegende, in which life-sized crocodiles creep around onstage amongst dancers, Helmut Newton would capture a ballerina–quite literally–in the belly of the beast, taking the transgressive ballet just a step further. For Vogue China’s 10th Anniversary issue, Mario ...

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Dec 02

Photo-Booth

When compared to his widely recognized contemporaries, Richard Rutledge remains relatively obscure today. Little is known about the slightly enigmatic photographer, however, a fondness for the color red is evident in his countless images that featured cherry-colored lacquered nails and dresses of crimson. True to form, a ...

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Nov 25

In the Red

Francisco de Goya’s peculiar portrait of Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga depicts childhood innocence while also suggesting youth’s inevitably fleeting nature. Resplendent in a crimson suit and satin sash, Manuel stands at odds with his surroundings as three eager cats eye a magpie–the leashed pet of the young boy. ...

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Nov 19

Head in the Clouds

Belgian artist René Magritte toyed with perspective and reality, creating surreal works through real, ordinary settings and mundane objects. A common theme in Magritte’s work included the unsuspecting use and placement of clouds with an indistinguishable divide between grounded reality and fantastical skies. A Holger ...

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Nov 17

Mask Out

A proponent of the Surrealist and Dada movements, Man Ray would build a prolific body of work as an artist and photographer. In 1926, Man Ray photographed Alice Ernestine Prin, better known as Kiki de Montparnasse, a social fixture of the Parisian bohemian scene of the 20s (and yes, the same Kiki who would later inspire the ...

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Nov 04

Brace Yourself

Unremitting in his ability to shock, Helmut Newton would continuously skirt the status quote with his borderline-offensive and politically incorrect imagery. For Vogue’s February 1995 issue, Newton would cast model Nadja Auermann to model the latest stilettos accessorized with leg braces, canes and other orthopedic ...

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Oct 30

Snail Mail

Soon after Yves Saint Laurent’s death in 2008, his eponymous label would launch a collection of leather goods to commemorate the late designer. The postage-like script featuring the address of the couturier belonged to Mr. Saint Laurent himself, taken from a letter he had written. The trompe-l’oeil design may not have ...

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Oct 28

North West

It would seem that Alfred Hitchock’s cinematic oeuvre serves as an endless pool of inspiration for subsequent artists and creatives. Hitchcock’s 1959 film North by Northwest features a chase sequence in which an unsuspecting Grant is hunted down by a crop dusting plane like a bird hunts its prey. In 1967, photographer ...

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Oct 22

Dragon Robe

China’s Qing Dynasty would mandate several sumptuary laws, establishing yellow as the dedicated color for the dragon throne: its emperor and court officials. Emperors of the Qing Dynasty would dress in elaborately embroidered golden robes commonly known as Dragon Robes; silk robes which featured horse-hoofed sleeves, an ...

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Oct 21

Coming up Roses

Abundant with images of the era’s leading ladies in both Hollywood and high society, Cecil Beaton’s oeuvre contains several of Hepburn’s most famous images. A year after the couple’s paths crossed in the musical My Fair Lady–Beaton would serve as both Costume Designer and photographer, aiding in the creation of ...

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