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    Sale 12204

    Photographs

    5 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 195

    Chris von Wangenheim (1942–1981)

    Fetching is your Dior: Lisa Taylor, Christian Dior, 1976

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    Chris von Wangenheim (1942–1981)
    Fetching is your Dior: Lisa Taylor, Christian Dior, 1976
    chromogenic print
    signed and titled in ink and stamped photographer's copyright credit and reproduction limitation (verso)
    image: 13 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. (34.3 x 24.8 cm.)
    sheet: 13 7/8 x 11 in. (35.1 x 27.9 cm.)


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    This iconic image by Chris von Wangenheim embodies the mood of 1970s fashion: lush, decadent and unabashedly seductive. Hired by French fashion house Dior to create an advertisement for the brand’s jewelry, von Wangenheim produced this striking image, which perfectly balances the glamour of haute couture with the growing cultural awareness of women’s sexuality. Featuring the American model Lisa Taylor, this image remains exemplary of the sexually-charged and female-empowering zeitgeist that von Wangenheim captured so eloquently together with his contemporaries, Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin. With his career finally fully recognized last year with the publication of a monograph by Rizzoli, von Wangenheim’s Fetching is your Dior: Lisa Taylor, Christian Dior, was prominently featured as the cover, solidifying its status as the quintessential emblem of a shamelessly beautiful era.

    Provenance

    The artist;
    acquired from the above by the present owner.