Friday, June 19, 2009

Steven Meisel

Born in 1954, Mesisel has, for decades, been credited for presenting some of the very best and most memorable images in fashion.
Having studied at both the High School of Art and Design, as well as Parsons The New School for Design, Meisel was obsessed with supermodels Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton from the early age of 12. Meisel has shot ad campaigns for Versace, Dolce&Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton and Prada. He has been the protégé for both Franca Sozzani and Anna Wintour, editors-in-chief of Italian and American Vogue respectively.
Often creating layouts which are controversial, by juxtaposing fashion and politics and/or social standards, Meisel admired photogs Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Bert Stern. Having shot every cover of Italian Vogue for the last two decades, Meisel has worked with every major model in the industry- Linda Evangelista, Karen Elson, Coco Rocha, Gisele Bündchen, Christy Turlington, Agyness Deyn, Naomi Campbell, Liya Kebede et al. In fact, having taken a cue from the theme of the recently held Met Costume Ball, the entire issue of the May edition of Vogue was dedicated to the lives of the girls he has shot (and whose careers have been kickstarted as a result).
In his nearly 30-year career as a fashion photographer, Meisel has been distinguished by two things: his unusually collaborative relationships with women, and an almost perverse dedication to constant change.

From top to bottom: Meisel and all the supermodels he's shot, Vogue May 2009; 'State of Emergency' Vogue Italia; D2squared ad campaign; Madonna 'Ray of Light' album cover; Coco Rocha in Gareth Pugh; 'Make Love, not War' shot with Oraine Barrett

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