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Tiered Evening Dress, March 1951 by Norman Parkinson

Tiered Evening Dress, March 1951, Norman Parkinson

Known for his wonderful contribution to the fashion industry, photographer Norman Parkinson was renowned for his Vogue front cover shots. This stunning image was captured in March, 1951, showing a beautiful tiered evening dress being worn by an elegant model with a bunch of flowers placed on her lap. Scattered with extravagant jewellery and her hair neatly curled and swept back, this perfect picture oozes class and sophistication.

There’s little that is more elegant than a black and white photograph, and this classic from 1951 by photographer Norman Parkinson is truly a masterpiece of fashion photography. The body language is rich, the greys luminescent and the model exquisitely poised. This is the sort of photograph that can be aspired to, and modern photographers could learn a lot from it on the subject of sticking to the essentials. —S

via Tiered Evening Dress, March 1951, Norman Parkinson Print: 50cm x 40cm – Buy Online.

Calligraphy on Girls – Tania

Calligraphy on Girls - Tania

Calligraphy on Girls // Tania
Calligraphy: Senia aka “Pokras Lampas”
Photo: Alexandr Popov aka “el Nalima”
Video: Fierce Frog
Model: Tata Aleksandrovna
Make up: Veronika Kalinina

The idea of painting and writing on the nude human figure is a very old one, with traditional dance forms in Japan including it and even modern art forms taking up their mantle, from films to photography. This collaboration between calligrapher, model and photograpger produces some striking images, and the process is its own meditation. Typography meets body adornement. A fashion trend I’d gladly see taking over. —S

via Calligraphy on Girls // Tania | Facebook.

Cat in a Hat by Rory Dobner

Cat in a Hat 3 by Rory Dobner - ink drawing

Cat in a Hat 3

Rory Dobner is an artist and designer whose pen drawings have a distinct flavour due to their very traditional rendering of unusual subjects. The cat in a hat is a series of images that are both striking and immediately ubiquitous. They have been used on a range of interior design an home furnishing products, which are quite the pleasure to hold and behold. —S

by Rory Dobner

via Cat in a Hat 3 | Rory Dobner.

Susan Eldridge reading in bed by Terry Richchardson

Nude girl reading in bed - Susan Eldridge by Terry Richardson

Susan Eldridge reading a book, “Candy”, in bed. Shot by Terry Richardson

Terry Richardson has made a name for himself over the years by taking risqué pictures of fashion models and championing the head-on flash look as a now much sought after aesthetic. While some of his more stark fashion work is quite striking, it’s interesting to see that lighting style carried into more mundane settings. I this it works quite well, assigning a comfortable normalcy to a nude. —S

via LUAS de mim…: ….

Dancing girls of Ajanta

Dancing girls of Ajanta - cave painting

Around 1918-1919, Mukul Dey made a trip to the Ajanta and Bagh caves to recreate the frescoes there. Dey’s circumstances were modest and the trip was funded by commissioned portraits. The work was eventually published in book form in 1925. “Dancing Girls” is possibly part of this or at least inspired by Dey’s trip given the costumes and hairstyles.

The paintings and artwork of the Buddhist caves of Ajanta remain a unique and colourful record of an ancient life that was. The people seem to emerge from rock fully formed and vibrant and this art style is one that has not been given enough credit as a major school in the history of the representation of the human figure in art. —S

via Vintage Indian Clothing | From dawn until late into the night I worked. By….

How To Think More About Sex – Alain de Botton

Not surprisingly, the brain plays a much larger role in de Botton’s suggestions than in your typical Cosmopolitan-type fare. But it’s not all grey matter. Sex is symbolically purifying, he notes, due to the unclean nature of what’s being entrusted to another person’s mouth.

In his typically cerebral and utterly human fashion, philosopher Alain de Botton tackles the subject of sex as part of a promotion for his book How To Think More About Sex. His suggestions are both more frank and revealing while also being a lot less nuts and bolts than the usual sort of advice one hears on the subject. —S

via Philosopher Alain de Botton’s Top Tips for Super Hot Sex | Open Culture.

Dressing Rosalind Lutece by Claire Hummel

Bioshock's Rosalind Lutece in her drawers by Claire Hummel

… I figured I might as well give everyone a leg-up with a more detailed guide to Rosalind Lutece’s potential underthings. I’ve seen a ton of drawings of her in corsets from a good 50 years before her time and I… I needed to step in.

The idea of fan art leading to art based around popular fictional characters that is, at best risqué, and at worst downright pornographic is not a new phenomenon. We’ve rarely seen the original creator handle this reality with so much pragmatism or so much good character design and artwork. In this single one of several beautiful illustrations, illustrator Claire Hummel tells us how to undress Bioshock character Rosalind Lutece, accurately. —S

via Ligne Claire (So the problem with designing characters who…).

Electus – Surreal 3D figurative art by Adam Martinakis

Electus - digital sculpture

Electus
Posted 12th October 2011
by Adam Martinakis

In his digital sculptures, Adam Martinakis takes generic three-dimensional human models, near mannequins, juxtaposing and intertwining the figures to elevate them to a surreal art. There is almost something old-school about his choice to relish the artificial and digital nature of it all, as he plays with unrealistic material effects and granularity to produce the most finished fragmented images. —S

via Electus.

Massimo Vignelli on Book Design

Massimo Vignelli discusses his approach to book design in a video produced for Mohawk’s "What Will You Make Today?" campaign. Video design by Michael Bierut/Pentagram.

“A grid is the underwear of the book.”

“The scale and pacing of the images is what makes the book. It’s like a film …”

In this short little segment, designer Massimo Vignelli talks about how he designs books, giving what is likely one of the simplest and most elegant introductions to design based on a grid that you are likely to come across. I love how he describes the white space around an image giving it reverence. I’ve never heard it explained quite that way and now it seem like the best visual metaphor.
—S

via Massimo Vignelli Makes Books on Vimeo.

Opiette by Opiette

opiette by opiette

opiette.

Gorgeous self portait, this. — V

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