8 May 2009

Making An Icon


Images courtesy of Vanity Fair.

It would be fair to say that many of these opening shots of editorials by Mario Testino are iconic. And indeed, I have always found it odd that whenever I hear the name Lady Diana, I shall always picture the shot at the top of this post. The power of an editorial is such that it can become a defining moment for the person covered. It can stage them as a new voice, spreading their name through the households of millions; or change the way in which we see them, as having made the change into adulthood; or indeed, it can completely redefine them, changing our perception of them forever.

I often wonder what we shall look back on as having being the iconic shots of this decade. Which shoots do you think they will include?

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52 comments:

  1. So true. And I hadn't seen many of these - every one is utterly breathtaking.

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  2. Quite Profound. I love the way you structure your posts, your writing especially. A talent not many people, including me can boast about.

    I agree with you. Editorials are Iconic, it is a powerful tool to construe, create or challenge each individual's reality especially those who religiously follow fashion.

    Great work!

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  3. i love these pictures of kisten dunst and keira knightley :)

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  4. Amazing pictures, I love Diana's picture!

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  5. WOW! Those are awesome photos... as if I don't spread myself thin enough - I have to take at least 1 photography class before I pass from this life. Your piece is poignant and poetic - and in only a brief paragraph. That's pretty good! Props to Vanity Fair & Testino... I will be keeping my eye out for his perspective.

    + Ivan McK
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  6. Yes, these are stunning...I think the ones that impressed me the most would be the Diana one, J. Connelly and N. Kidman ;D

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  7. I love Jennifer Connelly and Kirsten Dunst. :)

    XoXo

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  8. Ooooh good question. Jennifer Aniston looks FIT in that picture! This decade... well the Leibowitz/Miley Cyrus shoot, for scandal if nothing else!

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  9. Thank you!! I love them! They are so comfortable!! Like all the photos you got!!!

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  10. OH, I love Mario Testino! His work is always beautiful. I still havent read the Gisele issue of Vanity fair, still laying in my room!
    I think that maybe Kate Moss for Calvin Klein will be an iconic shot, or something by Tim Walker.

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  11. That shot of Lady Diana is legendary. It's what captures her beauty, her grace and her soul.

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  12. I love looking at Vanity Fair editorial shots! They're very well-done and the photos are absolutely stunning. I like Kirsten Dunst, Keira Knightley and Jennifer Aniston's pictures. I'd like to see the group shots they did and some vintage ones. xxoxoxoxo

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  13. truly stunning shoots, very iconic!
    fab post, i enjoyed reading! :)
    sea @ fashionsqueah!
    (also; thank you for commenting us!)

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  14. True! I've wondered about that myself so many times...There's so many iconic characters in fashion these days, both models and designers, so who will be remembered in the far future?
    However. I do believe, and hope, that Annie Leibowitz' shoots will be looked back on and admired in the decades to come. I heart Annie!

    xx

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  15. I've got to say, these shots are stunning but the one of Keira Knightley is a bit dissapointing, to me she is much more .. beautiful is not the word but I think there was a better way to show off her talent.

    Thanks for your comment btw, did you know that there are already glasses like those with normal glasses in it?

    x Birgit

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  16. Wow - you have an amazing blog! I seriously love each & everyone of the celebrities you just posted about - lovely indeed :)

    Your writing is so dear - I like the way you've expressed this. Particularly about how editorials can paint such a picture for us to see a person & how much it can change in one click.


    Jen.

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  17. I remember almost all of these articles... with great fondness! I love Vanity Fair's bios and pics so much ~ fab post, DK!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  18. Lady D's Pic is angelic,genius

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  19. I love Knightly. She's just wonderful.

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  20. Wow. These are all amazing. I love the pic of Julia Roberts with the squirrel. I mean, how original?! Gwyneth and Jennifer Connelly look stunning. Great post!

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  21. Owh golly, mario testino, I always heart him! My favorite is the gisele and aniston ones..for this decade I think...hmmmm..kirsten stewart?

    You Don't have to do the tag if you've done that already :)

    Ps: weird you were on manU's side, I thought a londoner like you would be totally on arsenal or chelsea's side..? But oh yesss, I even thinking about quad winner!

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  22. That Jennifer Connelly shot is so beautiful! I hadn't seen any of these, thanks for sharing them & your wonderful insights :)

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  23. dapper you're the greatest! thank you so much for your wonderful messages.

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  24. What an uplifting post, hope you're well. :)

    And definitely, DCfC = good times and good tunes. ;)





    xo!!

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  25. i love KEIRA KNIGHTLEY.
    she is gorgeous.
    and self-effacing.

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  26. It's so true that these can really alter our perspectives. I mean "Unsinkable Jennifer" none of her films have been super successful in theaters--she peaked in tv!
    I really love the "Blame It On Brazil."

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  27. simply stunning photography

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  28. Love Diana---and Nicole---amazing photos!

    And for what will be around from this decade---I think that Johnny Depp better be one---he is DIVINE! And another iconic person would be Cate Blanchett----love her acting and ADORE her style!

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  29. there're lot of iconic shots in journalism photography, so i've never thought about iconic pieces in a different aspect. but you're right, there're so many iconic shots in the history of fashion and editorial that one forgets about them because they're so incorporated into everyone's lives.

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  30. I think Kate Winslet in Vanity Fair all dolled up in those amazing gold heels and a knitted cardigan with nothing on underneath was a pretty amazing moment! And Julia Restoin-Roitfeld in Roberta Cavalli in, I think, a recent Harpers?

    Mario Testino makes these ladies look like absolute goddesses. But my favourite has to be Julia with the squirrel holding a nut!!

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  31. I remember these editorials...I adore Knightley...the latest Chanel ad is quite fab* Lovely weekend darling!

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  32. I have most all of these saved...they are just amazing. The Giselle ones at the end are my absolute favorite.

    Link exchange? xoxo

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  33. hmm this is a hard one. all of last year my favorite editorials were the ones with alice dellal and also the daisy lowe ones for ID magazine.

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  34. diana pic...wowwww...
    hands down*

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  35. That's a hard question. Some of these actoress take better shots than actually movies. But I think Gwen is someone we look up too. Maybe. Hard to say how any of them will project in longevity..perhaps Jennifer as endured the most as still comes up looking fresh as a daisy.

    Thanks so much for the note too.

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  36. I guess I still like seeing a bit of sincerity with all this sort of thing on some of these icons faces. Although, I'd prefer someone a bit more down to earth and I'm not sure we really have that many in this decade other than Sheryl Crow. Yet, I always feel some of these photographers love to take these icons out of their element. Perhaps I miss the point entirely. I always felt Shannyn Sossamon kept it real. Recently I saw a little known actoress in Observe and Report - Collette Wolfe perhaps she's the next Amy Adams. I hope we see more of Frieda Pinto too naturally with Dev Patel..she does make him look like a leading man.

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  37. I love all of these women! They are such icons, not only by how they present themselves but who they are as people. They go and do the things that they love and ingore anyone that tells them to do otherwise.

    Love this post.
    p.s. Every time I see Julia Roberts I think of my mom, they are like twins! Its weird.

    :)

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  38. I think.. if we look back at the greatest classic stars, perhaps julia and gweneth and nicole and of course Diana.. true beauty. But personally.. by far I liked the connelly shoot, and Gisele.

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  39. Years ago Nicole Kidman did a shoot for the first edition of Australia's Harpers Bazaar. That one editorial was so powerful I can remember almost every detail.

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  40. each of these is perfect, they seem to elevate each woman to a higher plane- making an icon, exactly.

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  41. Really awesome women, they are so inspiring.. I'm really intreged by the Aniston picture.. And the Dunst is really natural... ( But the're all superfantastic)

    xx

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  42. Oh wow I love these! They are so iconic. I think in terms of iconic shots, we're going to have people like Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni, Kate Winslet- people who are recognized for what they do and how international they are.

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  43. really cool post and thought to think about! mario is a talent!

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  44. i had no idea it was the same person who did these photographs. i like vanity fair because they can get a little controversial, too :)

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  45. i really love the photo from julia and that dress although i'm not a fan of her. also gwyneth looks sooo beautiful and keira of course.

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  46. Omg, they are so pretty! I love the pictures of the blonde, laughing woman ^^
    Have a nice day ♥

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  47. Thank you for this, gorgeous images. I love this post :)

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  48. Love the pics on Gisele, she always look great! Nice post btw :D

    www.jemappelleisabelle.blogg.se

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  49. Mario's shots are timeless..=) I don't see much of his work lately.. I mostly see Steven Meisel's work nowadays, which is also breathtaking..=) Love to exchange links with you! (only if you like my blog though..)

    -Mads
    fashionisthebestmedicine.blogspot.com

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  50. amazing editorials.

    vanity fair always does it right.

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