Saturday, May 28, 2011

US VOGUE GRACE CODDINGTON'S "The Twenties Story Fashion Shoot" for the September Issue, 2007!

An old woman is standing on the stone steps of the palace of Versailles, her fiery red hair flying about her face in the wind as she looks out at the beautifully tended gardens... 

“I think I got left behind somewhere because I’m, you know, still a romantic.  You have to go charging ahead; you can’t stay behind.”

This was Grace Coddington, the Creative Director of American Vogue and the star of  The September Issue, a documentary about how the inside environment of US Vogue magazine really is like!

I know I haven't posted anything about my favorite Fashion Editor, the Creative Director of US VOGUE, Grace Coddington. And I have acquired so much inspirations from her. So heres to one of my favorites among her works. Photographed by Steven Meisel, the shoot takes inspiration from the 1920s or the ROARING TWENTIES, to be exact! It was the Jazz Age and these pictures really portray the kind of lifestyles and fashion that had sprung up in those times. I love the free-flowing styles of dresses in the 1920s, mostly because of the rebellious nature that is stitched within them.
The above picture is the one from the shoot that had not come out in the actual issue because Anna Wintour thought it "too much Galliano" as is seen from the documentary film "The September Issue."
The problem is that while Wintour is all about the new, looking forward and crisp clean images, Coddington rightfully describes herself as a Romantic - her shoots revolve around a central story or character and the images created are soft and look as if they've come from some far away fantasy world. In my opinion that effect is much more beautiful than colour blocks, clean lines and hard faces.
I know its 2011 now, but what the heck!! I have a right to feature anything in my blog, right?? So,here are the other pictures from the shoot. Remember, these pictures really tell a story... Hope you all enjoy it!!

Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington.
Photographer: Steven Meisel.
Magazine: US VOGUE.



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