Tuesday, June 2, 2009

fashion forward

Last Sunday, I went to see the Richard Avedon exhibit currently on view at the International Center of Photography, displaying the photographer's fashion work from 1944 - 2000. Coined one of the most influential fashion photographers in recent history, Avedon captured many iconic images in his trademark youthful, full-of-motion style which was then truly revolutionary. Looking at the familiar photographs from covers of old Harper's Bazzar and Vogue took me back to the good old college days when I had to flip through archives of dated magazines for research. What graceful poses and natural stardom those models and actresses from the 1940's and 50's (Dorian Leigh, Dovima, Suzy Parker...) exuded! And the couture dresses they wore in the photos? I almost forgot how beautiful early Dior gowns were (talking about the early 1950's dresses designed by Monsieur Christian Dior himself)!
This famous image of Dorian Leigh drawing her eyeline in a Paulette bunny ear headpiece was also shown in the exhibit. So now we know Marc Jacobs isn't the only one who has a thing for stylish bunny ears (or perhaps he should thank Madonna for making the Vuitton ears now (in)famous).

Images (from top): ICP, wwd

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