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Vis-à-Vis: Cecil Beaton and Steven Meisel


Cecil Beaton, Charles James Gowns, 1948                              Steven Meisel, Asia Major, 2010

In 1948, Cecil Beaton’s famous picture of Charles James ‘s creations was featured on Vogue’s June issue. The aim was to capture high society splendour through the celebration of fashion itself, particularly Charles James’ dramatically shaped gowns and the designer’s artful use of color. Beaton often worked with James, capturing not only his majestic designs but the designer himself, the two remained friends all life long. Steven Meisel created a contemporary version of Beaton’s image in Vogue’s December 2010 issue to celebrate the rise of Asian models on the runway: he photographed a gathering of Asian models,styled by Grace Coddington, all dressed in Oscar de la Renta, with punk-style mohawks.

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