MADONNA FOR VERSACE
I’ve always been fascinated by the spirit of the Versace fashion house and think that they constantly pull off the best advertising campaigns. I love when celebrity and fashion collide and you can’t really get any bigger than fusing Versace with Madonna. I’m not a huge fan of the whole desaturated, cool temperature look but I think it works perfectly for this shot. The obvious “similarities” between Madonna and the poodle make for great parallelism.
TOM FORD FOR GUCCI
I love this shot due to how provocative it is! The cinematic nature of the shot paired with the moody lighting make this instantly iconic in my eyes. Tom Ford has never been one to shy away from controversy and this just proves it. As Creative Director of Gucci during this period, he definitely steered it away from that European vibe it always had to something that was more marketable towards the Western world.
DEBBIE HARRY FOR WONDERLAND
This shot of Debbie Harry for the March 2017 issue of Wonderland magazine blows my mind. Photographed by Pierre-Ange Carlotti, it signifies everything that Debbie Harry represents. I love celebrity culture and the club-kids of the 70’s and no one does this better than Debbie. She embodies youth and self-expression, even at 72 years of age.
VANESSA PARADIS FOR CHANEL
This is probably in my top 3 favourite shots of all time. Shot by Jean-Paul Goude, this is Vanessa Paradis promoting Chanel’s iconic Coco fragrance in 1991. Flanked in birds feathers, it gives the advertisement a bit of a supernatural twist.
PARIS IS BURNING (1990)
This film is so incredible and important. It gives queer people a voice to express themselves in a time when they were pretty much voiceless in the mid-to-late 80’s. The level of self-love these people have for themselves is inspiring. The New York queers in the 70’s and 80’s were responsible for a lot of iconic looks throughout those time periods and i’m sure influenced a huge number of artists. They don’t get enough credit.