Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Jill Krementz Photo Journal - The Model as Muse

Marc Jacobs, Honorary Chair, and Anna Wintour at the press preview for The Metropolitan Museum of Art's The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion.
The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: May 6th to August 9th, 2009.

What a great show this is! “The exhibition examines a timeline from 1947 to 1997 through the idealized aesthetic of the fashion model,” to quote Harold Koda, Curator in charge of The Costume Institute. Visitors to the exhibit can view approximately 70 “masterworks” of haute couture and ready-to-wear.

If you love fashion, photography, and looking at beautiful women, you will love this exhibit. Don’t leave without the catalogue: Model as Muse.
Beverly Johnson, a champion swimmer from upstate New York, became the first black model to appear on the cover of American Vogue. Marc Jacobs and Anna Wintour.
Hamish Bowles with Julien dYs, the designer who created the wigs for the exhibition.
Thomas P. Campbell, Director, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, welcoming guests to the press preview on Monday morning. Entrance to the Exhibition: based on Richard Avedon's famous photograph, Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, France.
Sunny Harnett wearing Madame Grès evening dress in Richard Avedon's photograph in the Casino at Le Touquet. The photograph is on the left, the "evocation" on the right.
Peggy Moffitt photographed by her husband William Claxton wearing Rudi Gernreich's 1964 "Topless" bathing suit.
Twiggy wearing Yves Saint-Laurent beaded chemise, photographed by Bert Stern. Melvin Sokolsky's 1967 photograph of Twiggy with its proliferation of masked "Twiggy's" comments of the popularity of the model on her arrival in the U.S.A.
Penelope Tree (above and below).
Harold Koda, Curator in charge of The Costume Institute being interviewed by Thea Andrews for Entertainment Tonight.
Deborah Turbeville's Bath House Series, 1975.
Various covers for Sports Illustrated.
"Evocation" of Brooke Shields in her Calvin Klein jeans. Brooke Shields on the cover of Vogue.
Gianni Versace's multi-colored seed-bead embroidery.
Grunge, The Anti-Model, and a Return to Glamour ... Left: Linda Evangelista in Azzedine Alaïa by Steven Meisel. Right: Also by Steven Meisel, Linda Evangelista in "Love" collection, Spring/Summer 1991 advertising campaign for Dolce & Gabbana. This photograph is also the cover of Model as Muse, the book accompanying this exhibition.
Right: Hanging dresses by Giorgio di Sant'Angelo.
Donna Karan, Miuccia Prada, and Helmut Lang.
Dior by John Galliano.
Jerry Hall in her Manolo's, photographed by Norman Parkinson.
Cheryl Tiegs and Rene Russo, photographed by Helmut Newton. Cheryl Tiegs, in "the thinnest cling of white satin," by George Stavropoulos, dances on the edge of a volcano with Rene Russo, in "matte jersey with a deep plunge," by John Anthony. Helmut Newton was considered the master of the eroticized image.
Patrick Demarchelier photograph for the 100th issue of Vogue (April, 1992). Models: Yasmeen Ghauri, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Niki Taylor, Elaine Irwin, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Karen Mulder, and Cindy Crawford.
"Woman in Chicken Hat; 1949; Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn photograph by her husband, Irving Penn.
Dorian Leigh wearing evening dress by Robert Piguet; photographed by Richard Avedon. (October, 1949 issue of Harper's Bazaar.)
The legendary Suzy Parker (1933-2003). As unusual for her coloring as she was for her height, Suzy Parker was believed by many to be too tall to succeed as a model. With the encouragement of her older sister, the russet-haired, green-eyed Texan — who stood five feet ten inches — began modeling at fourteen. She went on to garner hundreds of magazine covers and multiple international cosmetic contracts. Eventually becoming one of Richard Avedon's favorite models and later appearing in several Hollywood films, Parker was among the first fashion models of the twentieth century to become a household name.
That's Audrey Hepburn (with balloons, digitally colorized) in the filmed projection in background.
Projected scenes from the 1966 film by William Klein, Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? (1966).
"Mondarin" dress by Yves Saint-Laurent. Rudi Gernreich dresses.
Jerry Hall photographed by Helmut Newton for Vogue.
Ethalene Staley, co-owner of Staley/Wise. Among the many fashion photographers they represent is Lillian Bassman, whose work is featured on this wall, In This Year of Lace. Dovima, in dress by Jane Derby, The Plaza Hotel, New York.
Marc Jacobs' ad in display case at end of show.
Exiting the show, a view through the curtains to the gift shop. Richard Avedon poster available in the gift shop.
The Gift Shop at The Metropolitan Museum.
This book has been published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and is distributed by Yale University Press. Written by Harold Koda and Kohle Yohannan, it is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen.
Text and photographs © by Jill Krementz: all rights reserved.