Saturday January 26, 2013

Message in a Bottle

Known for his daring, high shock value aesthetic, Guy Bourdin would often photograph scantily dressed models in provocative poses and environments. Terry Richardson undoubtedly looked to Bourdin for inspiration with a strategically placed fragrance bottle in the 2007 fragrance campaign for Tom Ford.   Guy Bourdin, C. 1970 Terry Richardson for Tom Ford, 2007

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Friday January 25, 2013

Put Your Best Face Forward

The disposable paper dress was first introduced in 1966 by the Scott Paper Company. Soon after, pop and graphic artists such as Harry Gordon, began producing garments constructed of the material, including Gordon’s “Mystic Eye” shift dress in 1968. In Lanvin’s SS 2007 show, designer Alber Elbaz sent a 60s shift dress down the runway with

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Monday January 14, 2013

Madame X, Y & Z

The controversial and widely known John Singer Sargent portrait, Madame X, maintains its intrigue and mystery till this day. The once fallen strap to be later repainted in its rightful position continues to fascinate viewers and has been the subject of multiple recreations. In 1999, Steven Meisel recreated the portrait with Nicole Kidman wearing Oscar

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Monday January 14, 2013

Go Bananas

A pioneer for African American women, Josephine Baker is commonly associated with her seductive banana dance performance at the Folies Bergère, costumed in a skimpy skirt constructed with a string of artificial bananas. In 2006, Beyonce payed tribute to Baker by sporting her own version of a banana skirt for the Fashion Rocks concert. Josephine Baker, 1926

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Monday January 14, 2013

We’ll Always Have Paris

Erwin Blumenfeld photographed a reportedly unharnessed Lisa Fonssagrives swinging her Lucien Lelong dress off the side of the Eiffel Tower in celebration of the monument’s fiftieth anniversary for French Vogue in 1939.  In August of 2009, the subscriber cover of Harper’s Bazaar shot by Peter Lindbergh portrayed Kate Winslet in a similar fashion, wearing a Ralph Lauren gown in front of the Chrysler Building.

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