Tom Ford and models, Spring Summer Collection 2011, Photo by Steven Meisel, Vogue, December, 2010.
To celebrate Tom Ford’s return to womenswear design after his six year absence, Vogue offered its readers a preview of the designer’s Spring 2011 collection photographed by Steven Meisel. Meisel’s image features Mr. Ford positioned amongst his designs in a fashion similar to Milton Greene’s portrait in 1960.
In homage to designer Norman Norell proudly standing amongst his muses: models dressed in his signature sequined sheath gowns along with the Marchesa Luisa Casati, portrayed in Kees van Dongen’s 1921 painting, The Quai, Venice. Photo by Milton Greene, Life Magazine, September, 1960.
Galliano’s salute to René Gruau, the illustrator whose work for Christian Dior in the forties and fifties created the house’s most iconic imagery, felt like it had been a long time coming, not just because of the designer’s own early aspirations, but because it gave him another opportunity to indulge his passion for an era when couture was truly haute.
Modern Masquerade: In front of the camera of Patrick Demarchelier this masked model wears an extravagant gown with paint-swirled lilac and blue watercolours, black sequin stitched fabric to create an ink splattered look and a trail of layered ostrick feathers from none other than the enchanting Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2011 collection - marking designer John Galliano’s 15th anniversary at the fashion house. Scanned from ‘Dior Couture by Demarchelier’
The fairy-like Nimue Smit wears a delicate powder pink sheer pleated gown with ruffled trail and butterfly collar from the exquisite Valentino Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2011 collection (my favourite!) in a shot by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello for Vogue Italia March 2011 (couture supplement)