Monday, 30 August 2010

The Great Pretender

Throughout history, the dynamic marriage of artist and muse has borne works of brilliance and beauty. Natalia Vodianova role-plays five of fashion's most legendary models.

Lauren Hutton
When the South Carolina-born beauty moved to New York in 1966, she was turned down by every agency except Ford. "Incredibly Eileen said she'd take me on, providing I had my nose fixed and my teeth capped," she recalled to Vogue in 1973. "I promised I would, once I had the money, but inside I was figuring it would take me a long, long time to get around to it—if ever."

At sixteen, Lesley Hornby was declared "the face of '66" by the U.K.'s Daily Express. With eyes like saucers, long lashes, and an impossibly slender figure, the Cockney pixie catapulted to the molten center of the cultural Zeitgeist. Diana Vreeland, then Vogue's editor in chief, called her perfection: "This strange, macabre little bit, like a waif, came to see me in New York with hair like cornsilk, the most wonderful skin and bones."

Marisa Berenson
The American-born, European-bred '70s It girl was known as "the Queen of the Scene" for her presence at the world's chicest happenings and hot spots. She parlayed modeling into a stellar acting career, starring in Death in Venice (1971), Cabaret (1972), and Barry Lyndon (1975).

Née Vera Gottliebe Anna Gräfin von Lehndorff-Steinort, the expressive East Prussian model, actress, and art-world darling had a certain mystique that captured the attention of Salvador Dalí, Peter Beard, and Richard Avedon, who proclaimed she was "the most beautiful woman in the world.…Being beautiful in her way demands something, and you must extend yourself to meet the challenge or know that a kind of splendor is lost to you forever."

Jean Shrimpton
After meeting on a set for a cornflakes advertisement, "the Shrimp" and photographer David Bailey proceeded to have a years-long love affair that led to a broken engagement. "She was my total muse—I didn't want to look at another model," he said. At 22, she caused a stir (and ignited the Mod mini craze) at the 1965 Melbourne Cup by turning up in a microdress with bare legs, an act London's Evening News & Star defended: "Surrounded by sober draped silks and floral nylons, ghastly tulle hats and fur stoles, she was like a petunia in an onion patch."


Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous spread!


P.S. Antipasto just means "before the pasta"... it consists of appetizers, mostly meats and cheeses...


Natalia is perfection! And she's such a chameleon. Look at how gorgeous she looks as each and every one of them!

And thank you so much sweetie for that sweet message today. You made me smile huge! xoxo

Missy M said...

such a fun shoot!

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Anonymous said...

This is very interesting.
Fe, I have missed you. I'm so sorry I'm always absent from the blogger world. School is taking over me.
I hope you are well.


Anonymous said...

great post! and it really proves just how versatile natalia is!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Fe,

I enjoyed your post today and Natalia is so beautiful and can see why she can play the role of these five legendary models.

Happy week and thanks for visiting me.

margg. said...

twiggy is inspirational.

Jade "Purple" Brown said...

thanks for sharing this :)

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Petunia in a onion patch! ha!
Have a pretty day!

Mae Manahan said...

Natalia is insanely pretty! I couldn't stop staring at her photos!!!

Fickle Cattle said...

gorgeous gorgeous women.

Taj Acosta said...

This is a great post, I love Veruschka!! Hope you are having a great week doll ;) xoxo


such gorgeous, timeless icons! i especially adore Twiggy ♥ i'm so sorry that i haven't had the chance to come by your stunning blog, fe! school is insanely busy at the moment!

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Mumbles said...

I love that editorial
it's great
and Natalia looks so so pretty, well, she is


Page said...

oh i love this post!! lauren hutton is amazing..
thanks for your lovely comment btw!