Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo: María Teresa (1638–1683), Infanta of Spain, ca. 1645
Man, kids these days have it so lucky, with their onesies and rompers and overalls. The Spanish princess María Teresa, who would later marry Louis XIV and become queen of France, had to wear heavy brocade and corsets at the ripe old age of 7.
Photo via the Metropolitan Museum’s website
Don’t lose your head to fashion! Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot by Herbert Matter, 1939
Jean Honoré Fragonard: “A Woman With a Dog,” ca. 1769. Via the Metropolitan Museum
According to the Met’s website, this lady’s costume recalls the court dress in Rubens’s portrait of Marie de Médicis (1573–1642). But her background is perhaps less regal: Her pearls are too large to have been real.
So, this isn’t technically fashion, but this Daft Punk photo shoot did originally appear CR Fashion Book, which is, you know, former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld’s magazine. Anyway, this is a mixture of some of my favorite things: fashion (Daft Punk dudes are wearing Yves Saint Laurent, or Saint Laurent, or whatever it’s called now), electronic-y music, and amazing midcentury LA architecture. In fact, this photo was snapped at the Sheats Goldstein Residence, which featured so memorably in The Big Lebowski (just to add to the many wonderful things about this image).
Oh, also, I wanted to post this as an excuse to share this post about Daft Punkitecture on Architizer, because it is truly amazing.
Tanaka Atsuko: Electric Dress (1956)
Tanaka Atsuko, a member of the experimental Gutai movement that flourished in post-war Japan, used humble, everyday materials — such as textiles, lightbulbs, and doorbells — for her extraordinary sculptures and performance pieces. Her “Electric Dress,” a full-body costume made of electrical wires and blinking colored lightbulbs, was her most famous work, and she would wear it to exhibitions. The first time she every put it on, though, she hesitated before flipping the switch. “I had the fleeting thought: Is this how a death-row inmate would feel?” she said.
So many fashion editorials inspired by Gustav Klimt! This is an oldie but goodie.
Photo by Norman Parkinson, 1965 (editorial inspired by Gustav Klimt)