Another entree in my Charles James: Beyond Beyond Fashion series.
This one might be my favorite.

Another entree in my Charles James: Beyond Beyond Fashion series.

This one might be my favorite.

Last week I saw Charles James: Beyond Fashion at The Met, though I sort of knew going in that it wouldn’t be 100% my bag. I’ve never been super in love with the elegant, tasteful aesthetic that was prevalent at the middle of the 20th century. To me, the tyranny of “good taste” is as much about class and race as it is about aesthetics (I wrote a bit about this here) and for me, it quickly gets boring.

All that said, the dresses are exquisite. They are masterpieces of design, deceptively simple until you look at the seams and the construction and the geometry. These are indeed the princess gowns for a sleek mid-century princess. The garments themselves are perfect things. But (and there’s always a but), after an hour or so of looking and sketching, something about the cool WASPy splendour started getting to me. 

I sketched a dozen or so dresses and decided the answer for me would be to recontextualize them. I decided to remove them from Newport and Belgravia and to place them on the carnival midway, in the ocean and in other places they never before ventured, being worn by the sort of beings who, though purely fictional, are rarely seen dressed in such opulence.

Enjoy. There will be more to follow.

suicideblonde:

Tilda Swinton as Orlando photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Vogue, July 1993

suicideblonde:

Tilda Swinton as Orlando photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Vogue, July 1993

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vogueaustralia:

From the Vogue archive: A young Twiggy wearing a mask and peeking through the curtains of the Paris shop Torrente, 1967 #vogue365
theniftyfifties:

Evelyn Tripp in evening wear for Vogue, 1950s.

theniftyfifties:

Evelyn Tripp in evening wear for Vogue, 1950s.

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hoodoothatvoodoo:

Jeanloup Sieff
 Vogue Italia, 1972

hoodoothatvoodoo:

Jeanloup Sieff

Vogue Italia, 1972

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hollyhocksandtulips:

Photo by Sarah Moon
Paris Vogue, 1973

hollyhocksandtulips:

Photo by Sarah Moon

Paris Vogue, 1973

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bohemea:

Natalie Portman - Vogue by Mario Testino, February 2004

bohemea:

Natalie Portman - Vogue by Mario Testino, February 2004

bohemea:

Guinevere Van Seenus: Dreaming of Another World - Vogue Italia by Tim Walker, March 2011

bohemea:

Guinevere Van Seenus: Dreaming of Another World - Vogue Italia by Tim Walker, March 2011

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bohemea:

Lida & Alexandra Egorova: An Enchanting Look - Vogue Italia by Ellen Von Unwerth, December 2000

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Lida & Alexandra Egorova: An Enchanting Look - Vogue Italia by Ellen Von Unwerth, December 2000

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charlesgrey:

Vogue Italia: Mechanical Dolls



I’ve always loved this picture - I have this issue of Vogue still somewhere (I think). I remember they got all these letters complaining about how “vampiric” Kidman looked. 
bohemea:

Nicole Kidman - Vogue by Annie Leibovitz, December 2000

I’ve always loved this picture - I have this issue of Vogue still somewhere (I think). I remember they got all these letters complaining about how “vampiric” Kidman looked. 

bohemea:

Nicole Kidman - Vogue by Annie Leibovitz, December 2000

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Salvador Dali, Vogue, 1938.

Salvador Dali, Vogue, 1938.

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irere:

Frida Gustavsson and Monika Jagaciak by Paolo Roversi for Vogue Italia September 2011

Does anyone know where the above gifs are from? If there is a video of Roversi at work, I must see it.