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October 8, 2009 |
Irving Penn, a grand master of American fashion photography whose "less is more" aesthetic combined with a startling sensuality defined a visual style that he applied to designer dresses or fleshy nudes, famous artists or tribal chiefs, cigarette butts or cosmetics jars, many of them now-famous photographs owned by leading art museums, has died. He was 92. Penn died today at his apartment in New York City, said his brother, film director Arthur Penn. The cause was not given. Penn started contributing to Vogue in 1943 and became one of the first commercial photographers to cross the chasm that separated commercial and art photography until the 1970s.
September 13, 2009
Mark Olsen argues that the American edition of Vogue is the most influential fashion magazine in the world, ("The Depths of Fashionista Anna Wintour," Sept. 6), which, if true, is rather sad given that Americans are the most obese and arguably the worst-dressed nation in the developed world. Peter Marx Via e-mail
September 6, 2009 |
Perhaps nowhere is it more clear that this year is no 2007 than in the new documentary "The September Issue," directed by R.J. Cutler, which goes behind the scenes for the production of the massive 840-page issue of Vogue magazine for September 2007. By focusing on the magazine's longtime editor, the enigmatically imperious Anna Wintour, and her less well-known but no less headstrong creative director, Grace Coddington, the film charts the intersection of art and commerce with a perhaps inadvertent eye for an excess that wasn't to last.
HOME & GARDEN
August 29, 2009
"The September Issue," opening in New York this weekend and in L.A. on Sept. 11, is director R.J. Cutler's documentary on Vogue and its queen bee, Anna Wintour. Before Cutler got swept into the whirlwind of premieres, the L.A.-based director had friends over for a dinner party at his new outdoor kitchen and alfresco dining room. The Times played the role of fly on the stucco wall, watching the evening unfold and getting a peek inside Cutler's remodeled indoor kitchen as well. Look for the story next week in Home.
August 16, 2009 |
Beverly Johnson was a 21-year-old ingenue sleeping on a mattress on the floor of her midtown Manhattan apartment when she went into the photo studio with legendary photographer Francesco Scavullo 35 years ago this month. The atmosphere, she remembers, was "magical." "You could kind of feel it in the air during the shoot," says Johnson. "I knew it was going to be a good picture." But the rising model was stunned when she learned that an image from the session -- of her in a simple, powder blue sweater and a Mona Lisa smile -- would become the cover of Vogue in August 1974, making her the magazine's first black cover model.
March 4, 2009 |
One of the richest women in the world covets an iPhone. But she's not allowed to have one. Melinda Gates -- yes, of the Microsoft Corp. Gates family -- is quoted in the latest issue of Vogue magazine as saying, "Every now and then I look at my friends and say, 'Ooh, I wouldn't mind having that iPhone.' " However, she and husband Bill Gates -- who co-founded the Microsoft empire, which is of course the archenemy of Apple Inc. -- have a policy against iPods and iPhones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2008 |
Richard Shortway, a longtime publisher of the U.S. edition of Vogue magazine and a former senior executive at Conde Nast, died of cancer Monday at his home in Bel-Air, said his wife, Noreen. He was 84. Shortway worked for Conde Nast Publications for 46 years and was publisher of its Vogue magazine from 1969 to 1987. After leaving Vogue, he spent five years in London for Conde Nast as publishing director of British Vogue. He also launched British GQ and the British edition of Vanity Fair.