A few days ago, on April 20th, 2017, Andrea Derujinsky visited Santa Monica College to talk about her father, photographer, Gleb Derujinsky and her new book Capturing Fashion Derujinsky.
Gleb Derujinsky was a photographer who famous images appeared in Harper’s Bazaar in the 1950s. Andrea Derujinsky wrote this book to represent her father’s work when he photographed her mother, model Ruth Neumann. All for the purpose of rediscovering her roots as a daughter to a model and photographer. It was touching to hear about Andrea’s experience of travelling the world with her parents to make history in American fashion. Gleb’s images made us all want to travel the world in lavish styles to the point where back in the 1950s and 1960s husbands of wives who read Harper’s Bazaar wrote to Mr. Derujinsky about his fabulous works. Most of his photographs only took a few shots to take without any modern retouching. Gleb made it his purpose to travel the world with excessive amount of clothing to let the viewer fantasize. What’s funny about all these photographs is that Gleb never saved his negatives nor did he name any of the locations of any of the shoots. Andrea had to set out on her own journey to find all the locations and rediscover family history. It took her 5 years to get this book published! Now it’s out and the works of Gleb are celebrated for lovers of vintage fashion photography.
Below are my favorite photos discussed during the conference:
1958 Harper’s Bazaar
Taken at the Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong this stunning photograph shows Ruth Neumann in a traditional Chinese gown and fan standing on a boat.
1959 Harper’s Bazaar
Andrea’s mother Ruth Neumann, dressed as a bride for an editorial shoot in Harper’s Bazzar. Claudia was playing bride, this is not her actual wedding photo. Taken in Paris!
1950s (year unknown) Harper’s Bazaar
Ruth Neumann wearing a stunning Valentino gown. The rippling effect of the water was shot several times, Gleb’s assistant had to keep throwing rocks in the river to get the effect to be just right at Central Park.
Carmen Dell’Orefice, Paris 1957 for Harper’s Bazaar
This magical image was taken at the late night next to the river that connects the Notre Dame and Musee d’Orsay in Paris.
Last week, I was extremely fortunate to be apart of the volunteer crew for Los Angeles Fashion week. It was from Sept 28-Oct 2. I helped out with social media, center of house and set up/clean up. I couldn’t have been anymore thankful for the experience and the people I have met.
Above is a photo gallery of my best runway photos from my SLR Nikon camera with the caption of each designer.
Fashion photography. It’s when the camera is the eye as to fashion is it’s subject. When art meets fashion, it only adds more to the eye. It makes a photograph have more depth by a blend of history, fine art and contemporary fashion. What can beat a more beautiful mix? It doesn’t have to be exactly the same as a portrait or styling on a runway, just a marriage of elements playing off each other.
My final result was a blend of a historic napoleonic figure in art, 2016 spring fashion all captured in a photograph. View my influences in depth below:
Juliette Recamier (1777-1849) daughter of a banker was one of the elite during the napoleonic/revolutionary/regency period. Her salon was popular for the arts and politics, it soon attracted many royalists during the 19th century. Recamier was known for being beautiful, hospitable and had a good income. Recamier was friends with Madame de Stael who wrote about politics, she did have an interest in intellectualism but didn’t write or have enough quick wit. When Napoleon gained power in Paris, she was ordered to be exiled with her husband, she moved to a convent in the meantime until she moved back to Paris when Napoleon was defeated in Waterloo.
Recamier is known for her beauty by attracting many powerful suitors which ironically became her long term friends. It’s notable to consider the men she attracted like Prince Augustus of Prussia, Benjamin Constant and Lucien Bonaparte (yes, Napoleon’s brother). Recamier was an astounding beauty to have attracted two great generals during the day, Napoleon Bonaparte and Duke of Wellington. But, she rejected them both.
The empress silhouette with the playful,elegant and antique elements of the embroidered birds and flower appliques is the winner of romanticism. It ties back to the sweet and soft feeling Recamier gives in her portraits.
Note: Empress silhouette is named after Empress Josephine, a silhouette gown she was known for wearing and popular during the regency era. It’s a dress that is tight on the bias and loose under.
Sources: Book- Napoleon & Wellington, Andrew Roberts
Bill Cunningham: New York, is a fabulous documentary I started my morning with to honor the legendary street photographer who passed last week. Cunningham worked for NY Times, Women’s Wear Daily and the Chicago Tribune.
Bill Cunningham is a legend in photography because he is responsible for popularizing street photography. In fashion, he photographed the ordinary people on the streets of New York. Aside from the celebrities, runway shows, and elite society in NYC. Cunningham sought to find beauty on every corner of the world, he wanted to just live for the purpose of photographing clothes. Every time, he photographed an object it was to express the beauty of it. Not to harass or to insult an object. To him that wasn’t in his morals nor associated with his time.
I loved how Cunningham lived to photograph fashion yet he was incredibly humble. He had no ego whatsoever and lived his life casually but with a lot of heart and ambition. Although, he was friended by many of the elite of New York. By watching that documentary, it enforces living life to the fullest with passion by doing it right. Living honest and straight. Beautiful spirit.
I highly recommend watching Bill Cunningham: New York even if one isn’t into fashion or photography, it’s a life lesson on how to live passionately.