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Jun 27

Bee-Stung

Irving Penn’s expansive oeuvre is comprised of masterful fashion, celebrity and still-life photography built over an outstanding seven decade career. Towards the end of the photographer’s enduring career, Penn would produce a greater number of beauty shots and still-lifes, such as his 1995 image Bee (A), a variant of ...

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Jun 26

From Top to Bottom

In 1964, 60s designer Rudi Gernreich, debuted his “monokini,” or topless bathing suit, which consisted of a black wool knit suit with suspenders that exposed the breasts. Gernreich’s revealing suit caused a sensation, immortalized by William Claxton’s photograph of Peggy Moffitt modeling the risky look, and ...

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Jun 24

Twin Triplets

In 1939, Horst P. Horst photographed models Bettina Bolegard, Helen Bennett and Muriel Maxwell for Vogue‘s November 1st Vanity Issue. Horst would often infuse his imagery with elements of surrealism, playing with perspectives and proportions, as seen in his 1939 birds-eye-view-style cover. In photographing a trio ...

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Jun 21

Le Smoke and Mirrors

When the miniskirt failed to shock, Algerian born Yves Saint Laurent opted to conceal rather than expose the female figure in his Le Smoking ensemble of 1966. With no flesh on display, the shock-factor would lie in the transgressive gender-bending suit, directly borrowed from menswear and positioning the wearer in a liminal ...

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Jun 19

Cut to the Chaise

German born photographer Horst P. Horst built a prolific body of work photographing high society, fashion and architecture for American and French Vogue. The year Horst would meet Gabrielle Chanel, he took the most memorable and well-known image of the fashion designer’s life. Although taken years earlier in 1937, the ...

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