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For photographers and fashion lovers everywhere
on 31 December 2005
The images of this book are a collaboration of rejected pictures from the magazine 'Vogue'. However, it is much more than just photographs, each one is accompanied by a brief background of the photographer and the shoot, these untold stories are most intriguing.
If you have a love for photography, fashion ... or just pretty pictures! Then this book is for you, it covers the unofficial history of over 80 years, portraying with each page a photographic advance too experimental to publish at the time, or a model's pose too controversial to be the face of Vogue.
The book also takes the reader through the endless loop of fashion: the high glamour of the 40's and 50's which rears its elegant head again in the 90's; the cropped trousers of the 60's who plague our high-streets today; the nude lips and dramatic eyeliner of the 70's is a look that reappears 30 years later.
These are not just photographs, the book proves it, each has a story, often accompanied by letters between editor and photographer. It covers the greats - Cecil Beaton, Herb Ritts, David Bailey, Irving Penn, Patrick Demarchelier, Mario Testino and hundreds more.
This is a truly wonderful book to own, the images alone are breathtaking considering their context and the fact that many were the first of their kind. These photographic artists weren't commissioned for new ideas by a fashion magazine who wasn't ready for such experimental images - a magazine reflective of society over the years.