Topic: richard avedon

Retro Snap: Mr. And Mrs. Comfort Every Day

Retro Snap: Mr. And Mrs. Comfort Every Day

I DO NOT CARE IF ALL WE SHOW IS RICHARD AVEDON’S 1995 NEW YORKER SPREAD “IN MEMORY OF THE LATE MR. AND MRS. COMFORT’ BECAUSE IT IS THE BEST. THE END. (Also, this is my favorite picture from the series. I’m going to run the last one, and Ashley’s favorite, tomorrow, but this one is, as Paris Hilton circa 2004 might say, “hot.” Did you see what I did there? Because of the flames). More »

Gallery: The Legendary Beauty & Wit of Elizabeth Taylor

Gallery: The Legendary Beauty & Wit of Elizabeth Taylor

Screen icon Elizabeth Taylor died today. She made her mark in classics like Butterfield 8, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf but the star’s outsized personal life made headlines just as often as her professional achievements: she was married eight times (to seven different men) and was a veritable one-liner producing machine. Even in Hollywood, Taylor (that’s Elizabeth, she didn’t like ‘Liz’) had a gigantic personality: a wry, self-deprecating wit and a big heart (she devoted much of her later years to work with HIV-related charities) packed into one of the world’s most legendary figures. So, in honor of Liz, here’s a bunch of beautiful photos of her (though you couldn’t really take a bad one) accompanied by a bunch of awesome things she said. More »

Retro Snap: Richard Avedon

Retro Snap: Richard Avedon

Dovima With Peals, Richard Avedon.

I really like this picture, but it also makes me a bit sad. Dovima is my favorite model – mostly because she loved comic books, science fiction and was generally kind of a nerdy oddball. She was one of those people who seemingly had a glorious youth only to have an obscure end (she ended up working as a restaurant hostess). Of course, she might have been quite happy doing that. But still. Surely it must have been a bit difficult to go from capering in a ballgown among the elephants to telling people it was going to be a twenty minute wait. In this picture you can see the moles and crows feet and it’s clear that she’s no longer at the height of her beauty – but the expression on her face is still so priceless that you can see why Avedon would always consider her the greatest aristocratic beauty of her day.
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Retro Snap: Cecil Beaton Again

Retro Snap: Cecil Beaton Again

Cecil Beaton, 1948

I just really like Cecil Beaton this week. Maybe I’ll only post him forever now. I don’t know! I might! But then Richard Avedon would be sad, right? Sad from beyond the grave about not being prominently featured on TheGloss every week? Maybe Richard Avedon should have done more gentle, feminine portraits of women in pastels, huh? Maybe it sucks to be Richard Avedon. More »