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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…).

Opiette by Opiette

opiette by opiette

opiette.

Gorgeous self portait, this. — V

Anuschka by Martin Zurmühle

Anuschka on the Island of Lanzarote

Anuschka on the Island of Lanzarote

Anuschka on the Island of the Seychelles

Zurmuehle (Martin Zurmühle) on deviantART.

Swiss photographer Martin Zurmühle does a great job placing nudes in stunning natural backgrounds, in such a way that both complement each other. — V

Words Fail Me by dorkypyro

Words Fail Me by dorkypyro on deviantART

Words Fail Me by dorkypyro on deviantART.

Shaun Tia’s a prolific model with a very varied, high quality portfolio. You should definitely check it out! — V

Have a bathe by GraphicDream

Vector pin-up bather by GraphicDream

GraphicDream (IZUMI)is a digital artist in Tokyo. Working largely in vector using Adobe Illustrator CS, his work is inspired by the work of Hajime Sorayama.

‘Have a bathe’ was created in Adobe Illustrator CS2 using 2 reference photos

via Have a bathe by GraphicDream on deviantART.

Persephone, Sebastian – mixed-media portraits by Jel Ena

Persephone by Jel Ena, 2012

Persephone – SOLD
mixed media on Fabriano paper,
9 x 15 in.
© Jel Ena 2012

Sebastian by Jel Ena, 2011

Sebastian
prismacolor pencils on Bristol paper
11 x 14 in.
© Jel Ena 2011

Jel Ena is a Serbian born multi-media artist living in her adopted home of Los Angeles.

via Persephone – Jel Ena.

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