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Grace Jones

Shayla Corinne Black

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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Born in 1948 in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Grace Jones’s whimsical career began as a model, where she was a brash addition to international designers Yves Saint Laurent, Claude Montana, and Kenzo Takada. Grace Jones obliterated all boundaries with her incorporation of gender-bending fashions, notorious buzz-cut hairstyle, and her determination to don original and outrageous styles. Artists like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna have all paid homage to Jones for her exuberance and eccentricity, whic

Azzedine Alaïa, Spring/Summer 1986

Veronica Maldonado

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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Azzedine Alaïa’s spring/summer 1986 collection presents the designer’s work during the height of its initial popularity. Alaïa’s work rose to prominence during the 1980s with his body-conscious silhouettes and revealing cuts, garments that spoke directly to fashion’s transitional period of the 1980s, when trends began leaning towards a more masculine yet simultaneously sexualized feminine look. Shortly after this presentation, Alaïa was given a fashion Oscar, cementing his place in the era’s fash

Phillip Treacy, Spring/Summer 1999–2000

Victoria Rose Pass

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

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Milliner Phillip Treacy’s show for London’s spring/summer fashion week on 22 February 1999 played with anthropomorphic shapes that obscured the head and face. While a few designs had their basis in top hats, or fedoras, many more were based on entirely novel forms, from dinner plates to Alexander Calder mobiles. Models such as Grace Jones, Naomi Campbell, and Alek Wek walked with glittering makeup painted over one half of their face, obscuring recognizable features when the lights of the catwalk

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