Any designer will tell you that art and fashion often go hand-in-hand. Through the ages, art has reflected so much about society and history solely through the clothing and architecture depicted by oils and pastels. From the runways of Paris and Milan to the pages of VOGUE, the composition, color, and forms of the latest fashions often show us that they are equivalent to the most iconic works of art created by the most masterful fine artists.
Now, Vogue is yet again showing us the relationship between art and fashion with its brand new “Vogue Like a Painting” exhibit.
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The exhibition is being shown at Mexico City’s historic Franz Mayer Museum from now until September 15, 2019. The sample of 65 images is a representation of the greatest photographs to manifest in VOGUE during its past 20 years as a publication. The magazine’s archives were thoroughly examined to find the most impactful, most artistically composed and most striking pictures to be taken by photographers during their time at VOGUE.
Over the last two decades, some of the most iconic photographers ever have collaborated with the publication. Annie Leibovitz, Paolo Roversi, Tim Walker, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Steven Klein, Sheila Metzner, Cecil Beaton, and Edward Steichen are some of the many big name artists who have captured moments for VOGUE. They have contributed easily some of the most recognizable images that the magazine has printed and their work will be available to view at the “Vogue Like a Painting” event.
“I have always believed in the power of images, in that inexplicable magic of telling stories without words that allow us to inspire and make us dream. From a painting signed by Goya, to an image photographed by Tim Walker or Paolo Roversi, it is these beautiful visual records of fashion and culture that are truly treasured in our memory and heart.”
What all of these images have in common are distinct characteristics that are traditionally attributed to paintings and other works of fine art.
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Their narratives, details and subject matter are approached the same way a master would address a canvas. At first glance, some of these pictures don’t even look like photographs. The stylistic techniques used to capture the subject are implemented as authentically as possible — staying true to the artistic elements artists are trained in.
The compositions also invoke comparisons to different artists and art periods. Split into genres like portraiture and landscapes, artistic movements like Renaissance painting, Rococo art, and even Pre-Raphaelite works are mirrored by these photos. The images in “Vogues Like a Painting” evoke masters such as Magritte, Degas, Dalí, Botticelli and Zurbarán. Their use of light, space, color and figure drawing are mimicked by the pictures on display — making these pieces completely at home in the museum.
Of these breath-taking pictures, a gorgeous portrait of Yalitza Aparicio can also be viewed.
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This image of Yalitza Aparicio comes from a spread by the photographers Santiago & Mauricio and was published back in January 2019. The actress was the first Indigenous woman to appear on the cover of VOGUE. Displayed in the “Vogue Like a Painter” exhibit, the portrait draws comparisons to Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” The steady stare, the use of light and dark and the positioning of her body is reminiscent of the mysterious woman in the Italian master’s piece. We can even see the influence of Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits reflected in the photograph of the “Roma” star.
Debbie Smith, the curator of the “Vogue Like a Picture” exhibit spoke with VOGUE MEXICO about the inclusion of Aparicio’s portrait and how historic the actress’ fashion shoot was for the magazine, fashion and art.
“I was so shocked by the cover of Yalitza, it ‘s one of the most important things that Vogue has done in recent decades … It was impeccable. I have the file saved in my mind.”
As if these beautiful pictures weren’t enough, the exhibition also includes two dresses by Alexander McQueen — one of them never before displayed — as well as another three gowns by Comme des Garçons, Christian Lacroix and Nina Ricci. These pieces were borrowed especially for the “Vogue Like a Painting” exhibit. If you can get to Mexico City for this show, definitely give it a look. It is without a doubt one of the most historic mixtures of art and fashion to be seen today.
Tattoos are so symbolic, that it’s not hard to figure out what is really important to the people who have them. For Latinos, it’s a perfect way to show our connection to our roots, our love for our culture and the pride of being who we are and of the people that came before us.
Obviously, there is an enormous well of inspiration in our folklore and ancestral art.
But what happens when you have a tattoo fail?
Let’s hope this is still a work in progress…
Loteria card tattoos are popping up everywhere and they can be great but you got to do it right. Hopefully, this is just the first session and it’s on its way to looking gorgeous.
El Señor Nippleriño
Come on…there has to be a better way to pay homage to the humble yet iconic sombrereo?!
This samurai may just cut off that nipple…
Come on people! Nipple placement! How are people not paying attention to this very important detail?
No hair? No problem!
We’ll just throw on some copyrighted Louis Vuitton monogram and ya – problem solved!
And a trend that seems to be growing: face tattoos.
Just what is even happening here? Who is he? Why on your face? What is the whole truth?!
We weren’t totally sure to include this Brazilian artist’s work on the list…
Because “ugly tattoos” are kinda her jam. She prides herself on providing tatuagens peba, which translates to ugly tattoos. And although she can’t draw, people are all about her original ideas and less than perfect drawing skills.
Not only has the tattoo artist gone viral for it, but she’s also managed to build a successful business with dozens of 5-star reviews from happy customers, as well as over 12 thousand Instagram followers.
OK, I didn’t know Timon and Pumbaa could be cute and ugly at the same time.
Like yea…it looks like a 4-year-old drew it but hey apparently there are thousands of people into it.
Also, aren’t stars like one of the earliest things we all learn to draw?
Stars are simple! Why does it look like this? But you keep doing you girl.
With this tattoo the idea is cute but it just didn’t really work out…
Like seriously, love the idea. But that concha looks kinda off, the font – mmm no.
Memorializing the iconic pollo on a stick.
This pollo on a lollipop falls into that same category: good on paper but just didn’t quite turn out the way we hoped.
And I know, who doesn’t love a taco tattoo?
Well…me. At least no this one.
This little taco is almost too cute to include on this list but it just wasn’t giving us that polished tattoo look we need in a good tattoo.
We’re not sure that their tattoo artist achieved the desired effect…
But ya calalte…nobody tell them the truth.
Apparently, we Latinos really have a thing for putting designer brands all over our bodies – permanently.
At least the tattoo artist actually put the right initials…