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Five Supermodels in One Place: Another Vogue Cover That Made History

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Once upon a time there were five princesses of fashion who never met on the same cover. Each of them had successful careers and people linked them to the meaning of beauty. But as they could not be seen together until Peter Lindbergh came up with this fantastic idea of having Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Tatjana Patitz on the cover of the British Vogue in January 1990. Furthermore, this was the first step for the “Supermodel Phenomenon”, which was so popular in the ’90s.

 

The story of some of the most famous photos in the world of fashion photography was as simple as that – Lindbergh only wanted to bring a new interpretation of women. And he did it. His black&white photos are created with a technique inspired from the early German cinema and manage to show the beauty of the ’90s supermodels in a natural way.

Je suis Winnie l’Ourson

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2012 at 11:44 am

You might think this collection of photos is nothing but an irony to the Disney characters that we grew up with. This it would be a sever misunderstanding. The pictorial made by Benjamin Bechet is actually a play with the concept of identity in the way Luigi Pirandello explained it in his book, “One, none, or a hundred thousand”. The main idea is that we cannot have just one, but many identities, according to the perception the others have about us.

This is how Disney characters play different roles to show us that in our society people can be more than we might believe about them. “I have put superheroes, icons, celebrities known throughout the world into these marginal shoes. To serve as a reminder that what you see is never what you get, that people are always more complex, that each identity is only partial and that we are all one, none and a hundred thousand”, he explains on his website.

Photo credits: http://www.viralblender.com/

Source: http://bechet.site.picturetank.com/fr/site/cover/m2330-home.html/

Dali:”I know what I’m eating. I don’t know what I’m doing”

In Uncategorized on March 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Dali by Philippe Halsman in 1943

Dali was once saying that if you act genius you will be one. If I’m thinking about the people who were considered genius, he is the first  one to cross my mind. Besides the nature of his paintings, he was a showman. He knew how to sell his creations better then nobody else. He promoted himself in such a provocative way that it was practically impossible to ignore him.

The craziest person of the “surrealism crew” was best described in the documentary called “Salvador Dali – a Soft Self Portrait”, made in 1970 by  Jean-Christophe Averty and narrated in English by Orson Welles. The documentary not only tells the story of his life (in few words though), but is also doing a remake of the pictures who made him famous. It is built as a self portrait, as Dali is talking about himself using the third person and acting according to every scene and the subject of his painting. The documentary is basically a a play with surrealism, a hallucinating mise-en-scène.

“It is very normal that nobody understands Dali, because myself never understood my work. Never Dali understood the paintings of Dali, because Dali created only enigmas”, says the artist about his work. He is playing various characters during the movie, trying to remake the micro-universe of some of his paintings.

The movie also makes a better understand about the psychological directions of his work. “All my eccentricities I habitually perpetrate, are the tragic constant of my life. I want to prove I am not the dead brother but the living brother. By killing my brother I immortalize myself”, he explains. You can discover his world here:

Salvador Dali was famous for being so keen on making money. People were even making jokes about the anagram of his name, which was “avida dollars”.

Photo made by Philippe Halsman in 1954

Dali had a collaboration with Walt Disney in the ’40s, working together for a short animated movie called “Destino” Because of objections regarding its content, it was not released by that time, but in 2003.

No matter who was the person next to him, he liked to play the role of the “outrageous’ guy. Here he was next to the french singer Francoise Hardy.

Together with Coco Chanel – as it was a spontaneous photo, maybe he did not have time to use his original attitude that we saw in the previous one.

Gala was the biggest passion of Dali and the muse of most of his art work. He used to say that she saved him from insanity.

Photo: Bettmann/Corbis

Dali- 8 years old

Photo Credits: http://www.all-art.org

http://blog.verdedicieli.com/

htttp://christies.com

http://www.guardian.co.uk/

My Visual Diary – Prague

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Trips are like chocolate candies. Once you start eating, you don’t want to stop. When the candies are exquisite, sometimes I keep the wrapping paper and put it aside, as a memory. It’s the same that I do with photos from my trips, I just like to take many pictures when I’m in a new place, so that I can take a look over it whenever I feel nostalgic.

Prague is one of the places that I liked very much. Here are some of the photos that I took (without any artistic intention, just pictures taken with an almost destroyed camera).

Stay calm, paint the world.

Dress.to.impress

No, you are not drunk. There are four "italianos" who thought they would be famous after this photo.

Maybe love is when you describe your partner the view because no kind of glasses can help him :))

Look up for culture

From one world to another

Eclectic

Heaven is a place with brown and purple colors.

Philip Treacy, watch this hat! :))

 

“In our age the photographer and not the philosopher is king” – Richard Avedon

In Uncategorized on March 19, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Everytime I see a photo by Richard Avedon I wonder what’s the story behind it. On one hand, I am mesmerized by the perfect minimalism that he used when shooting portraits. On the other hand, I really admire him for his originality. His photos makes us ask ourselves “how the hell did he get this idea?”. I am talking here about many surprising photos that also took a hard work, like “Dovima with elephants”, “Ronald Fisher”, the very expressive photos with Coco Chanel or Natasha Kinksi posing nude with a snake.

When I wanted to find out more about the greatness of his work I discovered a documentary that emphasizes everything that I needed to know: stories of his photos, testimonials of  people who knew him, moments of his life.

Here it’s the documentary called “Richard Avedon- Darkness and Light”, made in 1996, while Avedon was still alive.

Dovima with elephants (1955)

Ronald Fisher 1971

Coco Chanel

Photo credits: http://www.designboom.com/history/avedon.html

http://www.temple.edu

Vivienne Westwood, continuitate prin excentricitate

In Uncategorized on March 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm

La începutul anilor 90, o creatore de modă primea din partea Reginei Elisabeta a Marii Britanii “Ordinul Imperiului Britanic” într-o rochie transparentă şi fără lenjerie intimă. Undeva între afrontul suprem adresat casei regale şi serviciile deosebite aduse modei britanice se afla Vivienne Westwood, femeia despre  care s-ar fi spus fie că o iubeşti, fie o urăşti, fără cale de mijloc. Succesul nemaipomenit şi popularitatea ei în rândul numeroaselor vedete îi traduc altfel excentricitatea: este mai mult iubită, decât dispreţuită.

În general, o creaţie Vivienne Westwood este corelată cu o apariţie surprinzătoare, cu o imagine şocantă sau cu murumurul presei. La fel s-a întâmplat şi cu personajul Carrie Bradshaw din primul film “Totul despre sex”, care a purtat o rochie de mireasă a creatoarei, ţinută devenită faimoasă atât datorită succesului filmului, cât şi modelului său. Fashion icon-ul Sarah Jessica Parker purtase o creaţie Vivienne Westwood şi nu era singura dintre figurile emblematice ale modei care îşi asociase imaginea cu a ei. Gwen Stefani a declarat la un moment dat că Westwood este designerul său preferat şi că şi-ar da toţi banii pe hainele făcute de ea. “LOVE ANGEL MUSIC BABY” este proiectul la care a ţinut-o foarte aproape pe creatoare.

Marca aceasta a devenit sinonimă, de-a lungul timpului, cu mai multe noţiuni, unele chiar antagonice: punk, senzualitate, sex, eleganţă, rebeliune, dar şi reinventarea stilului britanic. De la primul său magazin, deschis în 1970, până în prezent, Vivienne Westwood a schimbat mai multe stiluri şi mai mulţi parteneri de viaţă, toţi diferiţi, însă toţi influenţând-o într-o anumită măsură. Şi-a păstrat totuşi look-ul curajos, cu părul său portocaliu  şi curajul de a propune societăţii semne de întrebare. De fapt, semne de întrebare a împărţit de când era elevă şi venea la şcoală îmbrăcată complet diferit de colegele sale, lucru considerat scandalos. Se pare că acest cuvânt, “scandalos”, a urmărit-o pe tot parcursul carierei sale, şi atunci când a iniţiat curentul punk, alături de cel de-al doilea soţ al ei, Malcom McLaren, agent al trupei Sex Pistols.  Aşadar, ei îi datorăm stilul britanic adoptat de atâtea mase de tineri, ce a generat nu doar un mod de a îmbrăca haine, cât şi atitudini.

În 1981 lanseaza o altfel de colecţie, sub numele “Pirate”. De această dată designerul pare interesat nu doar de tinereţe şi de cultură urbană, dar şi de tradiţie sau de tehnică. Adaptează ţinutele la modernitate într-un mod unic, prin croieli curajoase, iar prezentarea de la Olympia, Londra, rămâne memorabilă: modelele poartă walkman-uri, pantaloni largi, trecând la o atmosferă hip-hop. Tot de atunci a rămas şi numele magazinului său din 430 King’s Road, “World’s End”, care fusese schimbat în nenumărate rânduri.

Anii 80 au reprezentat schimbări atât în viaţa personală, dar şi în latura sa creativă.  Îşi expune colecţia “Nostalgia of Mud” la Paris, încheie colaborarea cu Malcom McLaren şi lansează “Mini Crini”, prin care aduce un omagiu feminităţii. Accentul pică de această dată pe senzualitate, atrage atenţia asupra taliilor prin crinolina subtilă sau prin liniile delicate. În 1877, muza ei devine regina, “Harris Tweed” revoluţionând ţinutele britanice. Aduce inspiraţia secolului al 18-lea, corsetul pretenţios, alături de jachete  sau alte elemente moderne.  Fluctuaţiile pozitive ale acestor ani culminează cu nominalizarea pe care Westwood o primeşte în 1989 din partea lui John Fairchild, editorul publicaţiei Women’s Wear Daily: unul dintre cei mai buini şase designeri ai lumii, fiind singura femeie dintre ei.

Cu acest titlu, însă fără prea mare suport financiar şi cu încă un soţ lăsat în urmă, pe Carlo D’Amario, îşi începe noul deceniu. Se implică într-o relaţie care o cataloghează, încă o dată, ca excentrică. Alături de studentul de 25 de ani, cu 26 de ani mai tânăr decât ea, pare şi mai atentă la feminitate şi la senzualiate. Urmează colecţii care nu se apropie câtuşi de puţin de convenţional,  se inspiră din sectoare tot mai diferite inclusiv din perioada 1890-1910 din Franţa. Între timp devine profesor la Royal College of Art din Londra, iar în 1999 îşi deschide magazin în districtul SoHo din New York.

Maturizarea nu îi aduce doar colecţii diversificate, dar o plasează şi pe scena celor mai celebri activişti politici. Aceasta luptă pentru dezarmarea nucleară  şi se implică în apărarea drepturilor civile tot cum se pricepe mai bine, adică prin modă: lansează o ediţie limitată de tricouri cu inscripţia: “I AM NOT A TERRORIST, please don’t arrest me”.

Designerul care aduce argumente puternice împotriva consumerismului şi care trăieşte într-un castel, izolată de orice suflu mass-media, nu poate decât să reprezinte o figură emblematică a nonconformismului, a originalităţii, a modei privite printr-un alt ochi, unul curajos şi creator de păreri. Indiferent de păreri însă, atunci când spunem “Punk is not dead”, ne putem aminti şi de Vivienne Westwood.

Surse foto: http://www.awomanofnoimportance.com/2009/05/vivienne-westwood-english-eccentric-and.html

http://www.vogue.co.uk

http://elogedelart.canalblog.com

Jan Saudek și senzualitatea scandaloasă

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Jan Saudek este tipul de artist la ale cărui fotografii te uiți cu mâinile la ochi, însă cu degetele răsfirate. Unele persoane mai conservatoare îl acuză de vulgaritate, excentricii îl adoră. În ciuda oricăror critici, el își continuă stilul care l-a consacrat. Lucrările lui sunt un joc estetic excentric între apocaliptic, senzualitate și culori.

Nu îi putem ignora nici povestea interesantă de viață atunci când îi admirăm lucrările: născuți în 1935 la Praga, el și fratele său geamăn au scăpat din lagărul nazist, supraviețuindu-i chiar doctorului Mengele. Jan a fost inspirat de alți oameni celebri și începe să își pună treptat amprenta în arta cehă. Mai întâi în pictură, apoi în fotografie, surprinde corpul uman într-un mod curajos pentru societatea în care trăia.

Este pasionat de nuduri, pe care le retușează cu pensula, adăugând acuarelă în culori tari peste sepia. În general, în fotografiile sale există unul sau două personaje în fața unui perete gol, accentul căzând asupra trupurilor care ne duc cu gândul la lucrările lui Michelangelo. Imaginile nu aduc însă a scenă biblică tocmai din cauza explicitului lor. O analiză superfluă ar descrie imaginile în modul următor: bărbați cu priviri agresive, femei uneori supraponderale cu piele în totalitate neacoperită, copii sau adolescenți în ipostaze erotice sau bătrâni sărutându-se.  Aceste tehnici și viziuni originale îl recomandă ca cel mai cunoscut fotograf ceh și unul dintre mințile care s-au jucat cel mai ușor cu nudul.

Dacă vreți să citiți mai multe despre Jan Saudek și ce controverse a creat, dar și alte povești asemănătoare, vă trimit-din nou-la articolul Horrorgrafie pe care l-am citit în Cockaigne, o revistă delicioasă.

Sursa foto: http://www.kafe.cz

rosadelphino.wordpress.com

The World of Karl Lagerfeld

In Uncategorized on March 15, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Everybody knows Karl Lagerfeld – at least everybody who pretends to be an admirer of good taste.

Despite the undisputed qualities in terms of his creations, he is also a very interesting person. Here is a documentary about him, made by CNN. The dialogue between him and the reporter is delicious. He just cannot help giving surprising answers, like this ones:

“When people come up to him and say “I’m your biggest fan,” he responds, “Oh yeah, do you know where the store is?”

” If Coco could see what he’s done with the label what would she say?” –  “She’d hate it!”

“I am born for the battlefield. Competition is healthy you know. Some people would like the idea of no competition so they can keep the position for the rest of their lives, but no, there has to be a kind of danger all the time. I think it’s very healthy, it makes you better.”

Photo credit: stylepoohbahs.wordpress.com

Brigitte Bardot visiting Pablo Picasso

In Uncategorized on March 14, 2012 at 8:31 am

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She was 21 and adorable, he was 75 and adored.

In 1956 not so many people thought Brigitte Bardot and Pablo Picasso could fit into the same picture, but it became possible. She visited him to his studio near Cannes, during the festival. Jerome Brierre took several shots of the two artists and wonderful images resulted. The actress, wearing a girly floral dress and a pony tail, listening carefully to the master.

Source: The Guardian

The story of the most famous kiss ”Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville” (The Kiss) by Robert Doisneau

In Uncategorized on March 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm

A kiss can be the most natural thing you can do. But not when  you see yourself right after on millions of postcards, posters or other places.

This is what happened to the two anonymous lovers who appear in Robert Doisneau’s picture made near Hotel de Ville.  The photo was shot in the ’50s and became very famous right after. The couple was considered a symbol of love in Paris.  Everybody was curious about the lovers’ identity, but Doisneau likes to play games about this subject.

Jean and Denise Lavergne believed themselves to be the couple in the picture, but it was a mistake. A mistake that Doisneau didn’t want to correct when he met them for a lunch, only because he “did not want to shatter their dream”, as he declared for the press at that time. Things got complicated and the Larvegnes took him into court. According to French law, it is illegal to take pictures of people without their permission. The legal adventure made him recognize that the real characters in the picture were Françoise Delbart and  Jacques Carteaud. According to BBC, both of them were aspiring actors at the time when Doisneau interrupted their kiss.  “He told us we were charming, and asked if we could kiss again for the camera. We didn’t mind. We were used to kissing. We were doing it all the time then, it was delicious. Monsieur Doisneau was adorable, very low key, very relaxed”, said Françoise. 

The couple only resisted 9 months, but their kiss was  everlasting – courtesy to Robert Doisneau. He offered the girl the photo in original version, signed by him. She sold it in 2005 for 155 000 Euros, so we might also say that it was one of the most expensive kisses.