Objects of Desire
Finally there is the reissue of Diana Vreeland’s ‘‘Allure’’ (Chronicle Books, November), documenting the late Vogue editor’s sensibility as seen through the lenses of Avedon, Beaton, Man Ray and others. The focus is on women — from Josephine Baker to Maria Callas — whose beauty stemmed more from being interesting than from being conventional. In the new foreword, Marc Jacobs praises Vreeland’s ability ‘‘to have an almost perverse passion for things that weren’t common or typical. Or conversely, to have a passion for something exactly because it was so very common and typical.’’
Gitta Krange is allure incarnate in this portrait from Jerry Schatzberg’s ‘‘Women Then: Photographs 1954-1969.’’ © Jerry Schatzberg/Trunk Archive. From ‘‘Women Then: Photographs 1954-1969’’ (Rizzoli 2010).
Bird watching Miroslav Tichy stalked Czech women with his homemade cameras after the war. Miroslav Tichy, MT no. 1-30/Courtesy of Foundation Tichy Ocean
Elle Macpherson at Louis Vuitton; Curves at Prada. Gorunway.com (2)
Gloria Vanderbilt pictured in ‘‘Allure.’’ Library of Congress, prints and photographs division, Carl Van Vechten Collection, from ‘‘Allure,’’ Chronicle books (2010)
From Jerry Schatzberg’s ‘‘Women Then.’’ Jerry Schatzberg/Trunk Archive