La Traviata

Just the Pics, Please: Valentino Goes to the Opera

A modern version of Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera La Traviata opened in Rome, directed by Sofia Coppola (the filmmaker's first opera), with four costumes by Valentino Garavani for the main character, Violetta, and the rest by Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli...

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May 24, 2016 14:32:00
Antonio Lopez

Antonio Lopez's Instamatics Were the Stuff of Legend

A spritely fixture on the New York and Paris fashion scene in the 1970s, Antonio Lopez primarily worked as an illustrator for the likes of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. For kicks, he bought an Instamatic camera to capture his famous social swirl — Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Divine, Grace Jones, Paloma Picasso, Jessica Lange — thus keeping a kind of visual diary of the era.

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May 10, 2016 15:24:00
David Bowie & Lou Reed

Starman Remembered

In July of 2014, months before David Bowie's death, Taschen released a book of photos by Mick Rock, the official photographer of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust period. The images have taken on new importance since Bowie's passing, thus Taschen Gallery in L.A. opened Starman Remembered, an exhibit of 45 photos from the book, many of them previously unseen.

From spectacular stage shots to intimate backstage scenes, Mick Rock’s images immortalized the many facets of Bowie’s creativity. We see the sparkling phenomenon of Ziggy Stardust performing before rapturous crowds, as well as behind-the-scenes moments that few could have predicted would become iconic images.

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Mar 02, 2016 15:49:00
700 Nimes Road at MOCA

Objectifying Elizabeth Taylor

When viewing Catherine Opie's new works, photographs of Elizabeth Taylor's Bel-Air home around the time of her death, the viewer is struck by a paradox — that although she was a Hollywood demigod, she was, underneath all that glitz and glamour, a human and a humanitarian.

Inspired by intimate images of Elvis Presley’s Graceland by William Eggleston, Opie carefully cataloged rooms, closets, shoes, clothing, and jewelry, created an personal composite of the actress — although the two never met. In all, Opie spent six months in the beginning of 2011 capturing roughly 3,000 images of her residence and belongings.

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Feb 29, 2016 18:02:00
Helmut Newton's Pages from the Glossies

Paging Helmut Newton

Context is everything. In the spirit of artistic relativism, Taschen is reprinting Pages from the Glossies, a book of Helmut Newton photos as they initially appeared in magazines, from Vogue and Elle to Queen and Stern, between 1956 and 1998. Which is to say, these images — many of which have acquired iconic status — remain true to their source, retaining all the accoutrements of their original glory: headlines, text, captions, and so on.

In tandem, the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin will present blowups from the softcover book beginning December 4, 2015, showcasing more than 230 magazine pages.

 

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Nov 17, 2015 13:47:00
Gosha Rubchinskiy's Youth Hotel

Just the Pics Please: Gosha Rubchinskiy's Youth Hotel

Is there a designer who doesn't take photos on the side? How better to reinforce a label's image? That's the thinking behind Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy's new book, Youth Hotel ($45), published by Dover Street Market's IDEA imprint. That IDEA is in the business of fast-publishing — as in only a few days — is very much in keeping with the transient, move-by-night nature of Rubchinskiy's own youth in Russia.

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Oct 08, 2015 12:45:00
Grace Jones

Just the Pics Please: Andy Warhol's Polaroids

From the late 1950s until his death in 1987, Andy Warhol toted a Polaroid camera with him wherever he went. He was thus able to capture the barrage of famous faces — including his own — and fleeting moments that swirled around him with every step. Not even his private time was off-limits.

A new book, Instant Andy (Taschen), features hundreds of the instant snaps he took — many of them unseen — decades before Instagram. In conjunction with the book's release, Christie's will hold an auction of the artist's polaroids from September 17-29.

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Sep 01, 2015 12:50:00
Madonna & Debi Mazar

Photographer Edo Bertoglio Unearths Vintage Polaroids

Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio became involved in the downtown scene right as the crazy, colorful, frenetic, plastic 80s era was picking up steam.

His new book, New York Polaroids 1976-1989 (Yard Press), shows a candid side to the likes of Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, Debbie Harry, Madonna, and his good friend Maripol during the endlessly alluring time.

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Aug 09, 2015 22:40:00
Elio Fiorucci (center) with Halston, Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, and Michael Jackson

In Memoriam: Elio Fiorucci

Elio Fiorucci — who died this week, aged 80, of unknown causes — championed a neo-glamour with a wink and a nudge throughout the 70s and 80s. Not only was he an early pioneer of the cheeky, bold, bright style that came to define the over-the-top 80s look, but he transformed his stores in Milan, London, Beverly Hills, and especially New York into creative hotspots, where celebrities and the demimondaine would collide in performances and happenings. The NY outlet became known as the 'daytime Studio 54,' where the likes of Andy Warhol, Cher, Jackie Onassis, Liza Minnelli, Keith Haring, Grace Jones, and Klaus Nomi mingled.

The mild-mannered Italian became such a sensation that he was namechecked in a Sister Sledge song and in Mark Leckey’s cult 1999 club-culture film Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (which coincidentally was the inspiration for Raf Simons' spring 2016 collection). From signature stretch jeans to campy ad campaigns, here are some of Fiorucci's choice moments...

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Jul 22, 2015 12:01:00

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