The fashion photography recycle machine

The fashion photography recycle machine

Nowadays, selfies rule the world (and the internet). Who hasn’t taken a selfie in the last 3 years with their smartphone? Although the term “selfie” is something of the last few years, they are actually self-portrait snapshots with a new name. Making a self-portrait is not new at all (Vincent van Gogh would agree). Selfies are just self-portraits in a recycled form. Although you can follow take-the-perfect-selfie classes nowadays, I definitely wouldn’t put under the professional photography category… No, we still have real photographers for that.

However, recycling old ideas is of all times. It happens in music, fashion and photography. Althought it happens more often in the present, they also definitely knew how to recycle ideas in the old days. Today I am focussing on fashion photography. Every picture that you see in a magazine has its own story and meaning, but more importantly it often has its roots somewhere in the past. Important attributes that always come back in fashion photography series are lace, hosiery, black and white color contrasts and flowers. Recycling ideas may not sound (and in this case look) original, but that doesn’t always make it less creative. Ofcourse I do have a stronger preference for most of the old pictures in comparison with present fashion pictures. That’s what happens when you’re a vintage and retro lover ;-). Time for some scrolling action:

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 I am watching you…

fashion photographyLeft: Scherzo di Follia by Pierre-Louis Pierson. Right: by Richard Rutledge


 Take some rest in elegance

fashion photographyLeft: Coco Chanel by  Horst P. Horst. Right: Shalom Harlow by Patrick Demarchelier


Background check

fashion photographyLeft: Gustav Klimt. Right: Pierre Cardin Gown by Norman Parkinson


Cover me in lace

lace fashion photographyLeft: Gloria Swanson. Right: Anne Hathaway


Dancing in the rain

fashion photographyLeft: Munkasci. Right: Richard Avedon


Tres Plisse

Alfred-Eisenstaedt-and-Mark-ShawLeft: Katharine Hepburn by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Right: by Mark Shaw


The Leg show

Fashion photographyLeft: Fall Fashion Revue by Philippe Halsman. Right: Freja Beha by Karl Lagerfeld


Royal allure in a frame

fashion photographyLeft: Grace Kelly by Erwin Blumenfeld. Right: Stella Tennant by Tim Walker



Fashion photographyLeft: Audrey Hepburn by Cecil Beaton. Right: Karlie Kloss by Steven Meisel


Minni Mouse style

fashion photographyLeft: Madonna by Herb Ritts. Right: Rita Ora by Thomas Whiteside


I will take a look in my crystal ball

Chrissy-Rutherford-and-James-WhiteLeft: Kate Moss. Right: Nicole Kidman by James White


Elephants and Camels

fashion photographyLeft: Dovima by Richard Avedon. Right: Erik Boman


Dress me up with some wings

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Cecil-Beaton-and-Ulyana-SergeenkoLeft: Leslie Caron in Cecil Beaton. Right: Ulyana Sergeenko collection 2014


Veil me in black and white

fashion photographyLeft: Jean Patchett by Irving Penn. Right: Shu Qi by Mario Testino


Strike a yoga pose

Fashion photographyLeft: Charlotte Rampling by Helmut Newton. Right: Gisele Bunchen by Inez & Vinoodh


Make me up with some roses and a handglove

Fashion photographyLeft and Right both by John Rawlings


Still watching you…

fashion photographyLeft: James Dean by Phil Stern. Right: Justin Timberlake by Hedi Slimane

Courtesy of all pictures: Part Nouveau

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