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Aug 06

Eye to Eye

Under the direction of Editor-in-chief Ailsa Garland, Vogue UK disseminated the aesthetic of the new century with a magazine that captured the landscape of Swinging London. The magazine’s September 1, 1961 issue pictured prominently made-up eyes, fresh colors and a youthful, mod sensibility. Years later, the ...

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Aug 05

An Old Flame

Georges de La Tour revisited the subject of the Penitent Magdalene at least four times throughout his career, all with subtle variations and slight compositional nuances. In La Madeleine à la veilleuse, housed at The Louvre, de La Tour depicted a barefoot Magdalene aglow in the light of the flame in which she ...

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Aug 01

A Close Shave

In the midst of the second wave of feminism, famed Esquire Art Diretor George Lois questioned gender roles, playfully conjuring up the vision of a beautiful woman, lathered up in shaving cream, razor in hand. Photographer Jean-Paul Goude was appointed to execute Lois’s vision, starring the Italian Actress Virna Lisi. ...

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Jul 30

How the Leopard Got Its Spots

Although his work often made up the pages of Vogue, William Klein rejected the label of fashion photographer, perceiving the association limiting and misrepresentative. Klein was also a painter, filmmaker and photographer with a somewhat cynical view of fashion; in 1966, Klein’s would famously satirize the cult of ...

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Jul 29

Flowers and Perfume

René Gruau and Koto Bolofo As Artistic Director of Advertising at Christian Dior, Gruau’s illustrations helped to define the beauty ideals of the period, creating imagery of the Dior woman from the inception of the label well into the 70s and 80s. In 1971, Gruau’s campaign for Miss Dior Cherie featured a first-ever ...

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