"Dress these dogs up and photograph them...and they're irresistible...Now he's done it again...Doggie divas dressed to the canines." -- Philadelphia City Paper--This text refers to an alternate
Precious, precious darlings! I originally bought this book for my nine year old Godchild who loves to "play" fashion model with her dog. The minute I opened this book the weimaraner models stole my heart and I knew I had to get a copy to keep on my cocktail table. Everyone, who, like me,loves haute couture and adores those fabulous creatures who are best friends to us all will not be able to put this book down. Everyone who sees this book at first smiles ear to ear--then simply goes wild with laughter. They all want their own copy. The models look so very elegant and poised in trend-setting fashions. This is classic fashion photography with warm precious amber eyed beauties looking back at you. It is dog photography at its best.
You can love this book for any one of three reasons:1. You enjoy dogs (especially weimaraners) and enjoy seeing them unusually well posed to look like attractive humans.2. The connection between haute couture model and the fashion fascinates you, and you are open to seeing how line, tilt of head, and connected ratios form pleasing images.3. You love photography and want to better understand how much of the "art" is in the scene itself, versus how much comes from the photographer. Naturally, if you like all three elements, you have a much more than five star book in your hands. You have to see these photographs to believe how good they are, unless you already happen to know Mr. Wegman's work. Take a look at the cover to get a hint.Basically, Mr. Wegman takes his weimaraners (Chundo, Batina, Crooky, and Chip) and treats them like human fashion models. He dresses them in stylish hats, wigs, dresses, suits, shoes, mannequin parts, and other accessories to create "human" poses. Think of this as being a little bit like what Cindy Sherman does in posing as a well-known actress in her own photographs of famous movie scenes. The approach is mostly done in a slightly campish way, emphasizing bright and bold background colors which contrast and make a context for different bright accessory and fashion colors. The natural color of the weimaraneers is the "coolest" part of the visual image. What was brilliant to me was "seeing" what draws my eye in a photographic composition. Normally, I think I'm looking at a model, but based on my reactions to these photographs I'm really drawn much more to a curve, a line, a tilt of the head, or an incline of the body in the model.Read more ›
William Wegman, famous for incorporating clothed dogs in his photos, here presents a fashion statement to accompany a major traveling exhibition: anthromorphic fashion photos modeling some of the best designers' creations - with canines. The result blends comedy with fashion insights.
Fans of William Wegman's classic work will rejoice in this adorable collection of doggies on the (figurative) runway. If you're already a fan, then this book is no doubt already in your collection. For those not in the loop, Wegman is a master photographer who marries conceptual humor and technical finesse into light-hearted imagery of his beloved Weimaraner dogs. Today's theme is fashion! Quirky, sassy, fun and unique, Wegman's "Fashion" is a wonderfully inspiring collection for the artistic-minded photographer searching for inspiration or just the everyday dog-lover looking for a laugh. And how can you beat that bargain price? My copy was a steal at $10!