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Unseen Vogue Paperback – November 4, 2004
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Whatever happened, you might ask, to Twiggy and Bianca Jagger and Jean Shrimpton, among other supermodels of yesteryear? British Vogue creative director Derrick and sidekick Muir sifted through 1.5 million images housed in the magazine's library to produce a multidecades-long tribute to the artists, photographers, and beauties parading through its pages. It starts at the earliest, in the 1920s, with a black-and-white picture of three aristocratic women; all photographs, at the very least, identify the photographer, the subjects, the credits (hair, outfit, cosmetics)--and at the very best, tell some fascinating stories. Like Vivien Leigh's sensitivity about her large hands. Or Marlene Dietrich's amazing knowledge about lighting, printing, and photography. Even a politely heated exchange between editor Audrey Williams and Cecil Beaton about his then most current project. Fantastical, ethereal, yet a very real portrait of many ages. Barbara Jacobs
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A fascinating visual record―i-D Magazine
A lavish and beautiful celebration, UNSEEN VOGUE is testimony to the truth that unofficial history is often more intriguing―OBSERVER
The greatest fashion photography you've never seen...an insight into the passions, personalities and prima donnas of fashion―GQ
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It nearly kills the joy that the fantastic photographs bring.
I seriously can't imagine how this made it to print this way.
Coincidentally, there was this Vogue show. Having paid my admission to the museum, I viewed this exhibit as well. Now, I don't pretend to know much about fashion nor photography. And this show blew me away. And so does this book, but not as well as the show, of course.
An assemblage of insights into the culture and history of the twentieth century that I would never have encountered on my own. Not only does the story reveal how conde nast's money financed some of the more significant technical innovations in photography[which intrigued me since I try to follow the history of science and technology], but I was also fascinated to discover how it was that Vogue may have had the most energetic and brave war correspondent/photographer of WW2: and it was a beautiful and talented woman - Lee Miller. Do take the time to find out all you can about her.
And lastly, the photos are knock-outs. I wouldn't have done this show or this book deliberately, but having stumbled into the show, I have to pronounce it one of the most educational exhibitions that I have encountered.
Found a matching green blouse to offset the colors added gold green black jewelry to totally make a bold statement
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I've got fairly good reading glasses but gave up on this for casual reading, since a bright light scenario is the only one where it would be possible. Disappointed, a big question mark goes to the publisher's decision that dropping the book size to Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 7.1 x 1.1 inches from the original Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 10.2 x 1.3 inches by scaling instead of laying it out again with say, at least a readable 6 point font?
WOW, I'm going to go try to find an old hardback copy now and I'll be looking at the print sizes a bit more closely now before buying from Amazon/this publisher again.
Content(from what I can tell) 4 stars, presentation 1 stars, so I'll give it a 2 stars overall.
It's a book on VOGUE! How could you do this to the format?!
NOTE: All the reviews are for the hardback version NOT the paperback version.
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Es un libro perfecto para fotógrafos de moda