31 October 2011

Nostalgia in VOGUE


Vogue Features Director Eve MacSweeney has edited the newest tome in the VOGUE's endless collection of archives Nostalgia in VOGUE.  It is one of their best. MacSweeney has assembled a collection of essays from the  Vogue column “Nostalgia,” and the glorious photographs  that inspired the writers all celebrated artists-writers-designers-musicians such as Joan Didion, Karl Lagerfeld, Joyce Carol Oates, George Plimpton, Patti Smith.

Fashion editor Phillis Posnick remembers The Mighty Irving Penn's studio from the 1970's and his relentless quest for the perfect shot-

Irving Penn photographed by Natalia Vodianova
 John Galliano paid homage to Brassaï's famous subject from the streets of Montmartre, Madame Bijou

Christopher Petkanas gets down to the House Rules in his 1992 visit with Sister. 

Adam Green gets insight into his father by getting to know his father's best friend & The Godfather- Leonard Bernstein.

Irving Penn snapped Leonard Bernstein in 1948
Dashingly casual in his tuxedo, sitting on a group of carpeted boxes
from Penn's Portraits of people of the "New York City scene"

The great Kenneth Jay Lane talks Living Out Loud-all about Vogue's Lifestyle stories (thank you Diana Vreeland!)

George Plimpton writes about his late night literary hang-out Elaine's in The Gang was All There.

  Irving Penn, 1971
Regulars at the restaurant, Elaine's, in Manhattan, including, front row left to right: Arthur Kopit, Jack Gelber, George Plimpton and Gay Talese; second row, seated: Willie Morris, Jack Richardson, Elaine Kaufman, Christopher Cerf, David Halberstram; third row: Nicholas Pileggi, Robert Brown, Jean-Pierre Rassam (center), and Bernard Farber (far right); back row: John Barry Ryan, III, Lewis H. Lapham, Bobby Short, William Styron, and Bruce Jay Friedman.

This one is a must have- It has already been dispatched to 2 friends as a gift.  
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more Glimpses here at RIZZOLI



  1. This will be a favorite of mine, I'm sure. How great to have them in one volume.

  2. Gaye, I always know I will hear of new and interesting books on LA. I love these compendia of fascinating people and places. A few years ago I found a copy of "Vogue’s Book of Houses, Gardens, People" (Viking Press, NY, 1968) at a library used-book sale. YUM!!

    Speaking of books, while doing a google image search of Rudolf Nureyev today, I came across this link:


    which features a gorgeous photo of RN's bathtub from a book identified only by its title, "Rooms." Would you be able to identify the author/publisher? If you can't, I am out of options!! Thanks so much.



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