Jason Wu Spring 2013 RTW,Vogue.com
The sexy, romantic, ethereal grace--flirting with both light and dark--that he so masterly displayed on his runway is pure Lillian Bassman.
Her luminescent photos capture the swan-ish elegance of Mid-century women and fashion, but what inspires me most about Lillian Bassman isn't her photography - it's Lillian herself. Her long life wasn't just built around one or even two acts. She went where her creativity and passion took her - dancing with Martha Graham, studying fabric design before joining the team at Harper's Bazaar where she showcased the work of photographers such as Richard Avedon and Louis Faurer. She taught herself photography and the darkroom techniques that gave her work it's signature shimmering light and shadow effects. When she lost interest in the evolving fashion world, she moved on, destroying most of her commercial negatives. Twenty years later, when a forgotten bag of her work was discovered, she began again, reinterpreting her earlier work and establishing new followers and more recognition for her artistry.
She kept working up to the end of her life and remained as elegant and inspiring as her art. And right there in black and white is a woman to be fired up and influenced by. Someone whose footsteps we can aspire to follow as we start a new week.
Hope it's a beautiful one! XO