A Look at the World’s Top Fashion Image Makers

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Okay! Enough about painting and art exhibits! Let’s get back to fashion photography! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite fashion photographers who’s work generally always catches my attention. I am particularly taken with the strength that these photographers possess over two very important things: lighting and capturing the clothes on the models. They are not in any particular order except for the first one; I’d have to say Javier Vallhonrat is my favorite out of all of them.

So who catches your attention? I’d like to know which fashion photographers my readers follow and why!

1. Javier Vallhonrat His use of color and ligh is extraordinary. I believe he captures sensuality like no other. And his use of the environment with the model is timeless.

2. Ruven Afandor I think this is one fashion photographer who totally loves fashion. And completely understands how to shoot it.

3. Glen Luchford Another very strong fashion shooter. His choice of models and his lighting are impeccable.

4. Steven Meisel Of course! His work is explosive and emotive and probably the closest thing to Helmut Newton’s style that we have today.

5. Solve Sundsbo The way this guy captures movement and emotion mixed with the garments on the models is insane! I’ve been following his work for awhile. He keeps getting more amazing!

6. Vincent Peters I love the raw sensuality of his work. He seems to pull very real erotic qualities from the models.

7. Enrique Badulescu While the link to his portfolio doesn’t show his best work, in my opinion, he has overall captured my attention over the years because of his innate sense of light and his command of capturing the model and the clothing in it!

8. Ellen Von Unwerth Her ability to capture erotic but fashionable scenarios is without question. She has complete control of her shoots and one can tell that her models enjoy working with her, probably because she herself is one sexy woman!

9. Peter Lindbergh He’s just phenomenal, what can I say?? His use of black and white and the theatrical sets is masterful! He totally understands a woman’s sensuality.

10. Steven Klein Okay, maybe he comes closer to Helmut Newton than Meisel. His spread with Madonna in W a few years back made me take notice of him and keep my eye on his work.
This list is of photographers who are working today. They are at the top of their profession. They are by no means, though, the few that inspired me in the beginning. That list would include Helmut Newton, Chris von Wagenheim, Guy Bourdin, Dominique Isserman, David Bailey, Sarah Moon, and Nick Knight. These photographers are Gods to me! Their work still holds me in awe. Just researching them for this post, I was moved, again, by their images


Drawn to Fashion: Illustrations of Mary Mitchell’ at Hillestad Gallery

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The public is welcome to view the work of this Omaha fashion illustrator Oct. 22 through Nov. 30 at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery on the second floor of the Home Economics Building. The Friends of the Gallery will host a First Friday reception in the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Professors Michael James and Barbara Trout co-curated the exhibition. Garments from the historic costume collection, models for select illustrations, will also be featured in the exhibition.

Born to Greek immigrant parents in Buffalo, N.Y., Mary Mitchell first showed a penchant for art making in high school, where her talents were nurtured by the mentorship of her art teacher and encouraged by early success in national art competitions. An unexpected bequest from her late mother made it possible for her to attend the Albright Art School, affiliated with the University of Buffalo, from which she graduated with a degree in fashion illustration before launching her career as a professional fashion illustrator with the Flint & Kent department store in Buffalo.

After she met Kearney native and Georgetown Law School graduate John Mitchell, a long-distance courtship ensued and the couple married in 1951, settling in Kearney. Mary took classes at Kearney State Teachers College, now the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and this association led to her teaching courses in the college’s art department.

In 1968 the Mitchells moved to Omaha and Mary returned to fashion illustration full time, working for the Nebraska Clothing Co. for what she described as “four fabulous years.” After striking out on her own as a freelance illustrator, she continued to refine her fashion illustration skills with clients including Topp’s, Goldstein Chapman, Herzberg’s, Zoob’s, Parsow’s and Wolf Brothers. Her career flourished during a period when fashion illustration’s role was critical to successful commerce in everything from haute couture to ready-to-wear, and when Omaha’s fashion merchants helped to define the meaning of style in the heartland.

In the 1960s and ’70s, pages of the fashion press were filled with drawn images that captured the energy of the industry at its peak. That period of dynamic social and cultural change affected fashion but was in turn affected by it. This is one of the critical dimensions of fashion in general: it is inseparable from the age that spawns it, and it serves inevitably as a barometer of that age’s tendencies and unique character. In “Drawn to Fashion: the Illustrations of Mary Mitchell,” the post-War period of American affluence and exceptionalism comes convincingly to life.

The Mary Mitchell Fashion Studio in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design is dedicated to a fashion illustrator that celebrated designer Oscar de la Renta called “a true artist, elegant and masterful.” It also honors the generosity of both Mary and John Mitchell who, through the University of Nebraska Foundation, endowed the Mary Mitchell Fashion Illustration Scholarship Fund and the Mary Mitchell Fashion Excellence Fund, and helped to underwrite the costs of the 2012 renovation of this primary apparel studio. Just as Mary’s mother’s gift contributed to her education and to what Mary describes as a “rich and fulfilling” career, so the Mitchells’ gifts will help future generations successfully pursue and ultimately realize their professional dreams.

Is bubblegum casting legitimate

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Is bubblegum casting legit

As a new girl in town, I was totally clueless when it comes to making an informed choice about casting agency which will help me get into the modeling business-and this was the reason why I came to the city in the first place, to become a successful model. I have had few shoots back at home, but modeling in the big city is not really like being a model back home.
Good news: agency who has time to get in touch with everybody!
Luckily for me, one of my new friends told me about bubblegum casting agency. So, I called them and was really surprised because they have really nice and polite staff. It is not like agency people are always busy and don’t have time to talk to you-these people really take time to answer your every question and get into the conversation with you about every detail and possible modeling opportunity. So, here I was, after just one detailed talk with one of the professional staff members from Bubblegum, I got the deal for an initial photo shoot.
All the details about the photo shoot
Shooting with Bubblegum’s friendly photographer went as smoothly as possible. They always take care to assign models a photographer who is of similar age, which is really a great idea, as this helps create an easier connection between a model and a photographer. This is really important because then you can relax and actually enjoy the shoot, instead of being all tense, which is not good for photos. In order to get great modeling photos, it is not just about a great location, it is also about a relaxed working environment in general, and chatting with someone your age is really easy and enjoyable, because you really have a lot in common.Our easy-going chat along the shooting made me feel comfortable, and this probably was one of the most important reasons why the photos turned out great! And let’s not forget another great thing-Bubblegum paid me before work started, so I was completely careless about this shoot and it the end it really made a difference and assured complete success.

Fashion matters: fashion, art and society

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A ten-part lecture series with Dr Peter McNeil

Today few individuals would deny the powerful role of fashion in everyday life. The media presents us with an array of images from the real to the fantastic. Large multinational corporations and powerful fashion houses shape the language of fashion, influence public opinion and build global production and distribution structures. Fashion is a specific vision of change that is shaped by cultural practices, economic systems and many players, not just designers. Fashion is also heavily contested, opposed and criticised. It retains in the public mind strong connections with vanity, frivolity, waste and folly. It can be conveniently blamed for everything from psychological illness to nastiness on reality television.

This course opens up the world of fashion across cultures and societies. Understand better the intimate embrace of art and fashion. Learn how to read clothes from the past. Study images of fine fashion jewels and accessories. Access rare and beautiful items of fashion, including many from private collections. Learn about the fashion worlds of men and women alike, from the middle ages to today. Find your own identities through fashion.

Dr Peter McNeil is Professor of Design History at University of Technology Sydney and Foundation Professor of Fashion Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden. He has published nine works on fashion including the bestsellingShoes, also translated into Italian (with G Riello 2006; 2011) and his current book projects include the ‘long’ history of luxury, supported by the UK Leverhulme Trust, fashion writing and criticism from the 17th century to the present day, and fashion journalism. In 2012 he wraps up his three-year role within a €1,000,000-funded project Fashioning the early modern: innovation and creativity in Europe 1500-1800. He is a regular fashion reviewer and co-curator, currently working with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for a major touring exhibition.



Fashion and art

Fashion has been both subject and object for the practice of art and, in the 19th and 20th centuries, became a type of popular aesthetics. For centuries artists engaged with and influenced fashion, many designing the very stuff of its support – cloth. Learn how art forms as different as history painting, sculpture, portrait painting, printmaking and the commercial arts, ephemera and photography of our own era have depicted, created and promoted fashions. Gain a firm sense of fashion history from the middle ages to our time.



Fashion and textiles: Eden to Edo

Much world fashion is bound up with botanical knowledge. The flower has been central to fashion’s forms and its supports – textiles – in nearly all cultures. Subject to artful cultivation since ancient times, redolent of passion and hope in the middle ages, cross-cultural transportation and sale in the Renaissance, classification and hybridisation in the Enlightenment, sentiment and eroticism in the 19th century, fantasy, femininity and domesticity in the 20th century, the flower is more than a simple motif. Learn how references to floriate forms within fashionable dress contributed to the creation of patterns of thought, status, gender and nation.



High-heel heaven

Shoes convey a wide range of meanings associated with fashion, style, personality, sexuality, class and gender. New studies have given us awareness of the personal, social and sexual connotations attributed to footwear and created by footwear. Different shapes and colours for men’s and women’s shoes today revolve primarily around the construction of gender difference. Many of these gendered distinctions developed in the so-called ‘long 18th century’. Why do men and women’s shoes look so very different today? Learn about shoes, mobility and history, from Renaissance platform chopines to Sex and the city ‘limousine’ shoes.

Saturday 21 September 2013 11am – 1pm


Revolutionary dress

This week explores the startling and extreme men’s and women’s fashions immediately following the tumult of the French Revolution, from the servant to the courtier; from the ‘Incredible ones’, the Incroyable and Merveilleuse, to the Revolutionary street gangs, the jeunesse dorée (gilded youth), and the muscadins, who wore aspects of court dress as an affront to the authorities and the revolutionaries. Follow English and French fashion as worn by the street gangs of 18th-century Paris.

Saturday 28 September 2013 11am – 1pm


Magic fashion

In the early part of the 20th century, Victorian taste was very ‘out of fashion’. In the 1930s a strong female designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, rediscovered the period and cast it in her own light. Learn about the creative circles of fashion and design in inter-war Paris, understand the ‘chic of poverty’ promoted by couturier Coco Chanel and interior designer Jean-Michel Frank, track the stylish South Americans, and follow the collaborative inter-war aesthetic project of fashion, fantasy and surrealism.


Café society

Glamour means making yourself available to be looked at, and fashion was central to that role. We examine the style icons and the great patrons of luxury of the inter-war years and the early 1950s: Diana Vreeland, Elsie de Wolfe, Millicent Rogers, Pauline de Rothschild, Mona Bismark, the Duchess of Windsor, Daisy Fellowes and Grace Kelly. Understand the role of couture fashion and jewels in shaping their media profiles.



Dress soft: from the Prince of Wales to the preppy look

Why do men wear striped ties? What is the ‘windsor knot’? Who would get their jacket and trousers made in different continents? In our own era when fashions are set on the catwalk, in clubs and on the streets, it is difficult to imagine an era when a royal male set trans-Atlantic fashions. Yet that was precisely the role of the Duke of Windsor, already one of the most famous men in the world as Prince Edward of York, later Prince of Wales, before he abdicated after a short reign as King Edward VIII in 1936. Take a walk inside his wardrobe and fashion world.


Fashion style and gay challenge

Many gay men challenged society through their style and dress before the liberation politics of the 1970s. We examine gay fashion icons whose heyday was in the 1930s and 1940s, with an afterlife in the 1950s and 1960s that was rather nostalgic concerning their gilded youth. They include the dilettantes Bunny Rogers and Stephen Tennant, the photographer Cecil Beaton and royal dress-designer Norman Hartnell. How did such men glamourise royal families via fashion? Why did extreme style become mainstream?

Dressed to kill: fashion and the New Look

Learn about fashion in England, France, Australia and the USA during World War II. Fashion was debated in Parliament. Shortages were managed creatively. Why did men become concerned? What did the English queen wear in her bomb shelter? How did women and designers annoy the Germans during the occupation of Paris using their fashions? The controversy surrounding Christian Dior’s New Look (1947) is also examined.


1980s fashion: from the street to the museum

This lecture considers the role of historicism and the reworking of ‘classics’ or fashion types as a means to generate new meanings for fashion. Vivienne Westwood is the focus, a designer whose process is informed by surviving artefacts, representations of dress and allusion to history, zeitgeist and socio-cultural change. The clothes that emerge are never copies but fantasies of fashion moments that are mythical and romantic. The unity of pre-war dressing is replaced by the fragmentation of the body. The shoes no longer have to match the bag.