Belgian artist René Magritte toyed with perspective and reality, creating surreal works through real, ordinary settings and mundane objects. The apple had a lingering presence within Magritte’s oeuvre, as did the suit-clad man topped with a bowler hat. In his 1964 work The Son of Man, the painter depicted a commonplace scenario of a suited man,
Considered somewhat of an enigma in the fashion industry, photographer Steven Meisel is notorious for abstaining from interviews and shying away from the camera, unless of course, he is behind the lens. In 1988, Meisel shot his first cover for Vogue Italia, beginning a long relationship with the magazine– Meisel would continue to exclusively photograph covers for the following
Foot-model cum shoe designer Beth Levine is considered one of the most influential footwear designers of the 20th century. Although her name is somewhat forgotten, Levine’s impact on fashion was immense, unlike her size-4 foot. Designing under her husband’s name, Herbert Levine, Beth’s designs were conceptual and often times ironic.
At the turn of the century, high society would clamor for a portrait by John Singer Sargent, however, this was preceeded by a brief period in which the painter was thought an unsafe choice after his controversial portrait of Madame X in 1883-84. Moving from Paris to London facilitated in Sargent’s transition from a position of
Iconoclast designer Elsa Schiaparelli is most remembered for infusing a sense of wit and irony into her designs. The House of Schiaparelli did not cease to exist during the occupation of Paris, however, during this period Schiaparelli herself was in New York and left the designing to her associates who