1950's make-up, Chanel, Dior, Erwin Blumenfeld, fashion photography, Grace Kelly, Jean Patchett, Lisa Fonssagrives, London, Marion Cotillard, Miles Aldridge, peter lindbergh, photography exhibitions, Somerset House
London‘s Somerset House has a fine fashion pedigree as the home of the British Fashion Council and London Fashion Week, and to the delight of us stay-cationing London fashionistas is currently hosting two fashion photography exhibitions. The retrospective Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You to Love Me runs till September 29th 2013 and coincides with the publication of a book of his cinematic work.
Having immersed yourself in the colour-bath of Aldridge’s work you must pop nextdoor see the Erwin Blumenfeld exhibition. Blumenfeld is a master of colour creating some of the most iconic fashion photographs and portraits of the 20th century which you can enjoy along with originals, magazine covers and a short biographical film.
Who didn’t gasp on first seeing Lisa Fonssagrives elegantly hanging from the Eiffel Tower, for Vogue 1939.
Grace Kelly‘s classic beauty captured in a 1955 shoot for Cosmopolitan.
Blumenfeld’s Vogue cover shot of Jean Patchett sets the standard for the perfect 1950’s maquillage– arched brow, doe eye, beauty spot & red lips- still stunning 60 years on.
And if this all leaves you wanting just a little more- indulge in The Telegraph’s gallery of iconic Blumenfeld shots.