September 2009

The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York with Yale University Press

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The fashion designer and model have always had a unique relationship. The model has been an integral part of the creative process for most designers. So much so, that the father of Haute Couture, Charles Worth went so far as to marry one of his models, Marie Vernet. Over the years the relationship has been refined by the popularity and power of the supermodels such as: Amber Valetta, Kate Moss, Christie Brinkley, Patti Hanson, Jerry Hall and most recently, Giselle Bundchen. The abc Model As Muse xyz covers the history of fashion as it applies to the annals of history. For instance, Christian Dior’s “New Look” was instrumental in helping France rebound from the devastation wrought by the Nazis during WWII.

abc Model As Muse xyz is a photographic reference compiled by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to commemorate their ongoing exhibition which celebrated the famous Costume Institute Gala. This was made possible in large part to the efforts of Marc Jacobs who provided a statement for the book.

This book is sumptuously illustrated with some of the most iconic high fashion photography of the ages, such as the Richard Avendon photo of a Dior-clad Dovima with the elephants from the Cirque d'hiver. Also featured is an exquisite photo of Linda Evangelista for Dolce & Gabanna applying lipstick. All of the world’s greatest fashion photographers are represented from Meisel to Penn. This book spans the generations with glamour and style.

Reviewer: Monika Earle, FIDM Library Staff Member