David Bailey: Bailey’s Stardust

18 April 2014


The portraits in this book have been personally selected by David Bailey from the wide range of subjects and groups that he has captured over the last five decades: actors, writers, musicians, politicians, filmmakers, models, artists and people encountered on his travels to Australia, India, Sudan and Papua New Guinea; many of them famous, some unknown, all of them engaging and memorable. Bailey’s Stardust is accompanied by a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in Spring 2014, which will then tour to international venues. The book, like the exhibition, is structured thematically, with iconic images presented alongside many lesser-known and previously unseen portraits.

Initially engaged as an assistant to John French in 1959, Bailey was contracted by British Vogue the following year. He has since worked for the French, Italian and American editions of the magazine, created album sleeves for musicians such as the Rolling Stones, directed television commercials and made documentary films, including in-depth studies of Cecil Beaton, Luchino Visconti and Andy Warhol.

Bailey’s photographs helped to define the cultural and social scene of the 1960s, and immortalizing figures from the worlds of fashion, music, film and art elevated Bailey to the status of celebrity himself. Michelangelo Antonioni’s cult film Blow-Up (1966), about a London fashion photographer, was inspired by Bailey, whose life was also dramatized recently in the film We’ll Take Manhattan (2012).  Visit Amazon.com to Order the Book Now.

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Matisse and Picasso: A Friendship in Art by Françoise Gilot

07 April 2014

The artist and writer Françoise Gilot was Picasso’s companion from 1946 to 1954. During this time Gilot played witness to the unique relationship between the dying master Matisse and Picasso who still had decades of work left to produce. The text includes personal letters from Matisse to Gilot. Available to Order Now from Amazon.com.

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Martine Brand Illustrations for L’Officiel Italia

07 April 2014

Fashion illustrator Martine Brand’s work is currently the subject of an exhibition at the Galerie Rademarkers in Holland and a new book titled Collections. A preview of Brand’s work from the exhibition, which has been used by top luxury brands like Cartier, Marc Jacobs, Valentino and Louis Vuitton amongst others, is featured in the current issue of L’Officiel Italia. Continue reading to view additional images.

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“Guilty” Yacht by Jeff Koons

21 January 2014

Renowned contemporary artist Jeff Koons was recently asked to paint his friend Dakis Joannou’s yacht. Named Guilty, the 35-meter vessel was designed for the Cypriot art collector by Ivana Porfiry and now features a striking exterior to match it’s trendy interior space. Continue reading to view additional images.

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Bill Cunningham: Façades

10 January 2014

 Unknown artist. Bill Cunningham Photographing Models, New York County Court House, ca.1975.

In 1968, photographer Bill Cunningham embarked on an eight-year project to document the architectural riches and fashion history of New York City. Scouring the city’s thrift stores, auction houses, and street fairs for vintage clothing, and scouting sites on his bicycle, Cunningham generated a photographic essay entitledFaçades, which paired models—in particular his muse, fellow photographer Editta Sherman—in period costumes with historic settings. Bill Cunningham: Façades will be on display at the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library from March 14, 2014 - June 15, 2014. See NYHistory.com for additional information.

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The Impossible Collection of Fashion by Valerie Steele

20 December 2013

Written by Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Impossible Collection of Fashion is an authoritative examination of the 100 most iconic dresses of the 20th Century. From futuristic creations by André Courrèges to Christian Dior’s New Look and Hussein Chalayan’s infamous table skirt, every style has been selected because it inspired a new direction in design. Beautifully packaged in a linen-bound case, it is the ultimate compendium for followers of fashion history. Available to Order Now from Net-a-Porter.com.

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Christopher Lee Sauvé x GILT

19 December 2013

New York based artist Christopher Lee Sauvé is known for his pop art inspired creations, including his famous Save Anna and I  DIE. BANANAS t-shirts. Last week Sauvé unveiled his new MAD MAUS collection with a fete at the Hôtel Particulier on Grand Street, pieces of which are included in the range of throw pillows he is launching on GILT.com today. For those of you still holiday shopping these would make great last minute stocking stuffers or trinkets to bring along to a New Year’s Eve party!

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Through the Lens with Rob Machado

19 December 2013

 Iconic surfer Rob Machado has traveled the world for more than half his life. And during that time, he’s crossed paths with countless individuals who share a love for surfing and a passion for the arts. In his new series called Through The Lens, we meet these individuals and follow Rob as he re-connects with the people who’ve inspired him along the way.

This episode features Jay Nelson, a San Francisco-based artist who specializes in a unique type of automobile customization. This past winter, Jay drove down to Rob’s house in Cardiff, CA, where the two worked together to build out the inside of Rob’s van and create the ultimate surf mobile.

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Visionaire 37 Vreeland Memos

08 December 2013

Encased in an envelope folder bound by a bright red ribbon, Visionaire’s collection of 150 memos from celebrated Vogue editor Diana Vreeland records a legendary career in style. Dating from 1966 to 1972, the correspondence gives a unique insight into the workings of both the illustrious tastemaker and the magazine she helped define. Ranging in tone from humorous missives to glimpses of her visionary thinking, this collector’s edition is a treasure-forever piece. Available to Order from Net-a-Porter.com Now.

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“Avedon: Women” at Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills

01 December 2013

“Avedon: Women,” is an exhibition that spans six decades of Richard Avedon’s photography. This is the first solo exhibition of Avedon’s work in the Los Angeles area since 1976.
From the beginning of his career as a fashion photographer in the 1940s, Avedon was renowned for his distinctive and transformative imagery of women. His inventiveness, humor, and versatile talent flourished throughout sixty years of capturing both well-known and anonymous female subjects, ranging from celebrities and models to his friends and family. His images were imbued with an unconventional beauty and formidable intelligence.

More than 100 silver gelatin photographs form the core of the exhibition. Ranging from oversized exhibition prints dating from the artist’s 1978 showing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, to more intimately scaled photographs that he printed and editioned throughout his lifetime, the exhibition emphasizes the striking visual connections that lie beyond chronology or subject matter. It opens with a portrait of Cheryl Crane, the daughter of actress Lana Turner, who Avedon photographed in 1963 after she was exonerated for the killing of her mother’s abusive boyfriend. A 1959 portrait of Brigitte Bardot, printed on a monumental scale, presents her as serious and mysterious. In counterpoint is the large-scale print of artist June Leaf (1975), equally beautiful in her earthy understatedness. A salon-style hanging juxtaposes images such as the elegant Vicomtesse Jacqueline de Ribes (1955) and socialite Elsa Maxwell, lying in bed with her pet skunk (1957).

Approximately 300 contact prints, drawn from the Foundation’s extensive archive of sittings, reveal the tremendous range of subjects that Avedon photographed: musician Ella Fitzgerald; Avedon’s adored sister, Louise; and the young actress Elizabeth Taylor, among many. An additional room is devoted to his unprinted color work, with dozens of transparencies displayed in wall-mounted light boxes. Subjects range from 1958–59 advertisements featuring Carmen Dell’Orefice to supermodels Stephanie Seymour and Christy Turlington.

The accompanying exhibition catalogue features an essay by Joan Juliet Buck that describes the experience of modeling for Avedon via interviews with his subjects, including Anjelica Huston, Lauren Hutton, Veruschka, and Andrea D’Amato, one of the many women from Avedon’s In the American West series. Art historian Abigail Solomon-Godeau discusses how Avedon’s depictions of the feminine extended beyond traditional notions of beauty to convey the deeper significance of his female subjects. View additional information about the exhibition on Gagosian.com.

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