LesBeehive Throwback Thursday – Tilda Swinton as David Bowie by Craig McDean for Vogue Italia, February 2003

October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Photographers, Music|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It’s a well known fact that Tilda Swinton and David Bowie are Intergalactic Sisters from an Alien Mister, Star Brothers from a Mars Mother, etc. But did you know that in 2003 Tilda Swinton starred in an epically beautiful Bowie inspired photo shoot for Vogue Italia? Craig McDean shot our Alien God in a series of gender skewering, suit and smoking porn shots that reference Bowie’s iconic Life on Mars? & Thin White Duke looks. When David Bowie saw the photos, he said to stylist Edward Enninful, “When did I do this shoot?” (full quote below) CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? ISN’T THAT GLORIOUS? David Bowie thought pictures of Tilda Swinton were him! She Twin Tricked him! Hah! Good goof, Tilda!

I’ve also included one of my favourite series of Tilda photos. I only have them as tiny test shots and I know nothing about them except that they’re glorious and I have the folder they’re in labelled as “Bowie Like”. My brain is fun. So is Tilda! So is Bowie! I LOVE THE GALAXY!

“When David Bowie saw my book, he could not believe it when he saw the [Bowie-inspired 2003 Vogue Italia ] pictures of Tilda. He thought it was him. He was like, ‘When did I do this shoot?’ He was floored. Even he couldn’t believe how much she looked like him.”
Edward Enninful on Tilda Swinton

Nicole Kidman for Vogue by Annie Leibovitz, Craig McDean, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, September 2013

May 25th, 2014|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Photographers, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I am a huge fan of Vogue breaking from its current norm and featuring a model on the cover of its September issue. However, if a celebrity must be placed on the cover, I want the celebrity to be as glamorous, stylish, and transformative as Nicole Kidman effortlessly displays in this iconic September cover and spread from a decade ago. Featuring four separate editorials by renowned fashion photographers, Nicole displays her remarkable ability to connect with each photographer singularly and together they create a unique work of art that uses Nicole and the fashions draped on her long, slim body to the benefit of each photographer, creating true fashion art. None of the shoots appear hurried or overworked, each individually then displayed and now recalls a nostalgia for the fashion trends of that time. By 2003 Nicole had proved herself not only as one of the most talented lead actresses in the industry, but also as a fashion muse, working the red carpet with confidence in unique designs that seemed suited just for her. She has a tremendous eye for style, knows how to dress herself, and knows who to hire to help dress her. She understands fashion, and it reveals itself beautifully in every gorgeous shot. I still remember where I stood the first time I saw the issue and reverently turned its glossy pages, how I gasped at the gossamer starlight of Leibovitz’s cover, moaned in ecstatic glee when I saw Nicole looking like a Lady Bowie in the McDean shoot, and whimpered at the stark beauty of the Penn shots and the vampy sensuality in the Newton photos. I treat the issue now like a piece in a collection, pulling it out every so often just to interact with the photos, turn the pages, guess the designer, study the detail. It is a perfect September Vogue issue, there hasn’t been one like it since.

Annie Leibovitz

Irving Penn

Craig McDean

Helmut Newton

Nicole Kidman for Vogue by Annie Leibovitz, Craig McDean, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, September 2013

August 12th, 2013|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Photographers, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , |