Photo Steven Meisel, 2004

Vogue, September 2004 © Steven Meisel,

Models & Supermodels

Vogue, September 2004


(R to L) Karen Elson Gemma Ward, Hana Soukupova Liya Kebede, Karolina Kurkova Isabeli Fontana Gisele Bündchen  Natalia Vodianova,  and Daria Werbowy


© Steven Meisel



Natalia Vodianova Vogue US May 2007

Nina Ricci silver fox cape with ostrich feathers, dégradé bias-cut silk dress, and shoes. Fred Leighton earrings

Pure Pageantry

Natalia Vodianova

“FASHIONING THE CENTURY”

Vogue US May 2007


© Steven Meisel


Denise Poiret could have chosen this fantastical ensemble to wear to one of her husband’s extravaganzas at his nightclub in a garden, L’Oasis. Nina Ricci silver fox cape with ostrich feathers, dégradé bias-cut silk dress, and shoes. Fred Leighton earrings.


 

Natalia Vodianova Vogue US May 2007

 

Oscar de la Renta fuchsia brocade and wolverine-hem dress and shoes. VBH earrings. Chanel gloves. Wolford tights

Go Softly

Natalia Vodianova

“FASHIONING THE CENTURY”

Vogue US May 2007


© Steven Meisel


Sumptuous fur and ravishing color, like that on a dress created for Denise Poiret to wear to the wedding of Germaine Boivin in 1921, offer embellishment on minimal shapes. Oscar de la Renta fuchsia brocade and wolverine-hem dress and shoes. VBH earrings. Chanel gloves. Wolford tights.


Poiret's robes sacs, allowed ladies to leave behind the binds of corset dressing and overwrought opulence. Vera Wang jeweled-and-sequined silver chemise. Fred Leighton earrings. Hari Gem


Sea Change

Languid lines, such as those of Poiret’s robes sacs, allowed ladies to leave behind the binds of corset dressing and overwrought opulence. Vera Wang jeweled-and-sequined silver chemise. Fred Leighton earrings. Hari Gems necklace and rings.


 

Natalia Vodianova Vogue US May 2007

 

Alexander McQueen metal-ring tank and black ostrich-feather skirt

Chain Reaction

Natalia Vodianova

“FASHIONING THE CENTURY”

Vogue US May 2007


© Steven Meisel


Poiret created whimsical designs for his children, as well, such as a chain-mail-topped dress for daughter Perrine in 1922. Alexander McQueen metal-ring tank and black ostrich-feather skirt. Fred Leighton earrings and bag. Hari Gems and VBH rings. Wolford tights.


Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière


Body at Rest The Ballets

Russes, Persian dancers, and Arabian Nights all populated Poiret’s fantasy landscape. Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière silk muslin, wool felt, and badger-fur-trim dress, rabbit-and-badger chapka, tights, and badger boots. Fred Leighton ring and bag.


 

Natalia Vodianova Vogue US May 2007

 

Dior Haute Couture copia

Head Games

Natalia Vodianova

Dior Haute Couture

“FASHIONING THE CENTURY”

Vogue US May 2007


© Steven Meisel


For her husband’s famed Thousand and Second Night ball, in 1911, Denise Poiret, channeled here by Natalia Vodianova, wore a gold lamé turban with turquoise and aigrette embellishment. Dior Haute Couture slate silk-gazar cocktail dress and gloves. Fred Leighton earrings.


Dior Haute Couture embroidered mint silk evening coat


Rising Sun

Evocative of a kimono, Poiret’s early Confucius coat was startlingly forward-thinking. Dior Haute Couture embroidered mint silk evening coat, embroidered violet silk dress, and floral headpiece. Fred Leighton earrings.