Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Scavullo's Cosmo Girl

The late Francesco Scavullo's name is synonymous with the seductive, head to toe all out glamour that was represented by the quintessential Cosmo girl. Over a thirty year period beginning in 1965, Scavullo captured the essence of the Cosmo girl as a sensuous, confident and sexually liberated woman. During this period, Scavullo together with his long time companion and stylist Sean M. Byrnes, was responsible for the selection of the model, the cleavage revealing outfits, make up and hairstyles that would eventually appear on the cover. Every model wanted to be a Cosmo girl and the Cosmopolitan cover was accompanied by a model profile and interview which provided  an insight into the personality and life of the cover model. Scavullo's stable of beauties included Lauren Hutton, Naomi Sims, Brooke Shields, Gia Carangi, Janice Dickinson and Christie Brinkley. I have many Cosmopolitan covers in my collection and the following selection is a chronicle of some of the most influential models of our time.  


Gia Carangi
Cosmopolitan April 1979

Christie Brinkley
Cosmopolitan June 1977

Brooke Shields
Cosmopolitan February 1981

Kim Alexis
Cosmopolitan June 1980

Janice Dickinson
Cosmopolitan June 1981

Carol Alt
Cosmopolitan September 1980

Patti Hansen
Cosmopolitan February 1979

Beverly Johnson
Cosmopolitan February 1976

Kelly Emberg
Cosmopolitan December 1980

Naomi Sims
Cosmopolitan August 1973

Paulina Porizkova
Cosmopolitan March 1987

Cindy Crawford
Cosmopolitan March 1988

Claudia Schiffer
Cosmopolitan September 1992

Naomi Campbell
Cosmopolitan February 1990

Christy Turlington
Cosmopolitan April 1990

Elle Macpherson
Cosmopolitan August 1985

Stephanie Seymour
Cosmopolitan July 1989

Renee Simonsen
Cosmopolitan April 1988

Rachel Hunter
Cosmopolitan May 1988

Tatjana Patitz
Cosmpolitan August 1989

Monday, November 29, 2010

Iconic images

The late eighties and early nineties was the era of the supermodel. Models of the day were muses, and had long-standing collaborative relationships with photographers, designers, stylists, and hair and make-up artists alike. Photographers such as Francesco Scavullo, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, Steven Meisel, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier and Arthur Elgort, created imagery which encapsulated the individual spirit and personalities of a select group of women. The career trajectories of Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer span over two decades, and indeed many continue to model to this day. The following iconic images are amongst my favourites.


Christy Turlington
Photographer - Herb Ritts
Source - Vogue Italia

Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source - British Vogue, January 1990

Stephanie Seymour, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz and Naomi Campbell
Photographer - Herb Ritts
Source -  Rolling Stone, May 1989

Stephanie Seymour
Photographer - Richard Avedon
Source - Woman in the Mirror by Richard Avedon


Stephanie Seymour, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington
Photographer - Steven Meisel
Source - US Vogue, September 1993

Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, Helena Christensen, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Karen Mulder and Stephanie Seymour
Photographer - Peter Lindbergh
Source: US Vogue, September 1991

Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source: British Vogue, May 1990