Upon seeing this 1965 Vogue Italia editorial (the likes of which are cousin to our Fashion from the ‘Art’ stylebook), I couldn’t help but utter a litany of ooh’s and aah‘s, the kind generally reserved for a raging fireworks display. Photographed by Norman Parkinson and inspired by the works of symbolist painter Gustav Klimt, this series of photographs had what it took to make my aesthetic A-list: whimsical vintage clothing, backdrop images from my favorite artist, and intriguing elements to examine.
Radiating honeyed light in the images that include Klimt’s Gold Phase work and dream-state fuzziness of his landscapes, this editorial’s ambiance is carefully and aptly chosen. It mimics the paintings by enfolding each model into the canvas she accompanies. You can almost picture these models curved around the interior of Klimt’s studio, holding impossibly still as he sketched them for his paintings.
Even the clothes solidify this fashion-art fluidity, acting as an extension of the paintings they’re placed before—a delicate, romantic gown floating before The Kiss (two above), or the apple red mackintosh blooming out from Country Garden with Sunflowers (directly above).
What do you think about this editorial? Does it do Klimt’s work justice?